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CARST October 2017 Newsletter - Radon Action Month and Real Estate Testing Update

07 Nov 2017 1:34 PM | Pam Warkentin (Administrator)

CARST Newsletter - Radon Action Month and Real Estate Testing Update

October 2017 

President's Message

With Radon Action Month just around the corner, we thought we’d take a moment to talk about a couple of CARST’s current initiatives that you may find helpful.

First off is our upcoming webinar on the Tarion Home Warranty.  Although the Tarion program is limited to the province of Ontario, it may be of interest to all CARST members as a model for the type of program that should be available to all Canadians.  In 2013 Tarion clarified that if radon is found in homes in significant amounts, it would be covered by their home warranty coverage.  This means that any home built in the last 7 years will be covered by a Tarion warranty, the cost of a mitigation system will be covered by Tarion if the radon levels in the home are above Health Canada’s reference level.  What better way to approach new (or past) clients than by informing them of advantages they may not even be aware of!

Interested in learning more about how the Tarion Home Warranty program relates to radon, and how you can use it to increase your radon business?  Join us for our upcoming webinar: Your Tarion Toolkit.  CARST is pleased to be welcoming Tarion, who will be joining us October 27th at 9:30 am to explain all the ins and outs of their warranty coverage.  We’ll also present customizable material that you can use to approach potential clients, and educate them on how to use Tarion to protect their family’s health.

Also upcoming for Radon Action Month: C-NRPP is developing new material about mitigation systems for use in advertisements, Twitter and Facebook posts, etc.  Watch the members only section of our website, where you can download this and other material free of charge.

A reminder also about the “Unmasking the Faces of Lung Cancer” campaign.  We introduced this concept in our July newsletter, but we encourage you once again to reach out to anyone who has been touched by lung cancer and let them know about this campaign.  Stories may be contributed online or via email at info@carst.ca.

In short, there are plenty of ways to “Take Action” this November!

Update on Real Estate Document

CARST has been working on a Real Estate Testing Guideline, and as such we have been in discussions with Health Canada and various other groups on what this guideline should look like.  At the 2017 CARST Conference, the draft version of this document was presented and circulated for input.  This document was just a draft and is not a current CARST working document or a C-NRPP guideline or protocol.  

We wanted to take this time to update our professionals on the progress of this document.  We have identified some significant changes required, including changes to the language, and are in the process of re-drafting.  We are taking time during this process to ensure that it is a clear, well thought-out document that protects public health and will continue to advocate that homeowners base a decision to mitigate on a long-term test, but will provide some framework for those homeowners who would like a radon screening for a home during a real estate transaction.  We anticipate that we will have a new draft version of the document ready in the next few months.

C-NRPP currently has a statement on Short Term Testing. 

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Call to Action:

Upcoming Events:

Introduction to Radon: Complimentary Breakfast Session– several locations, dates and times

Webinar: Tarion Toolkit

6th BC Radon Workshop - Collaborative and Innovative Approach to Radon Issues

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