Posts Tagged 'EPA RRP'

Shawn McCadden Contractor Coaching 6-session Workshop

National Lumber is pleased to announce a new Contractor Coaching 6-session Workshop by Remodeling Industry Expert Shawn McCadden with Mark Paskell of The Contractor Coaching Partnership. We will be hosting this builder training for our customers at 245 Oakland St, Mansfield, MA in our second floor Training Room. If you are interested, you must register with Mark Paskell by calling 508-847-0162 or email mark@thecontractorcoachingpartnership.com.

Each day you will receive strategies and tools that you can take back to your business and implement right away.

Starting Tuesday, February 5, 2013 through Monday, March 18, 2013
Each session will run from 12 Noon to 4 PM. Lunch is included.

Simple Questions for Contractors, Remodelers, Builders and Specialty Trades
• Not sleeping well due to money issues and is it affecting your ability to do your job and have a life?
• Do you know whether you are buying rather than selling projects?
• Are you wasting time with people who will never buy from you?
• Are you confident about making it through the current recession?
• Are your wondering why other contractors are busy working and you are not?
• Will your business be ready to thrive when the economy turns around and work picks up?

This new cutting edge education program for professional contractors is taught by Remodeling Industry Expert Shawn McCadden and Mark Paskell of The Contractor Coaching Partnership, Inc.

Here is the list of available workshops:
• 02/05/2013: Small Business Finances and Profit Strategies for Non-Accountants
• 02/12/2013: Marketing Boot Camp: Targeting the Right Customers
• 02/26/2013: Know What Your Selling Before You Sell It: Strategic Estimating
• 03/05/2013: Mass vs. EPA RRP Differences
• 03/12/2013: Smart Selling for Tough Times: Sales Workshop for All Contractors
• 03/18/2013: You Sold It, Now You Have to Build It: Production

Choose to take several workshops or all of them. The full 6-session program is $750, which is $125 per workshop. However, you can choose to take up to three of these workshops individually at $185 apiece.

If you are interested, you must register with Mark Paskell by calling 508-847-0162 or email mark@thecontractorcoachingpartnership.com.

DISCLAIMER: National Lumber is not responsible for the training being offered. National Lumber is sharing this information for your convenience. By clicking on the links you will leave the National Lumber website and be taken to another company’s website.

The Massachusetts Lead Paint Law Public Hearing

The Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety held a public hearing last Monday for comments and suggestions about how to implement the Massachusetts version of the new lead-based paint EPA RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) law. The hearing was a success as there was a great deal of positive and constructive feedback regarding the issue. Construction law expert Andrea Goldman’s latest blog post is a list of the important issues and suggestions from this hearing.

You can read the commentary in her blog post here:  “The Massachusetts Lead Paint Law Hearing-Audience Commentary

A more detailed account about the hearing can be found here in an earlier post: “Hearing with the Division of Occupational Safety about Massachusetts taking over the RRP Rule

Energy Star and EPA RRP Update Meeting a Huge Success!

A great turnout of interested contractors

A great turnout of interested contractors

Our Energy Star and EPA RRP Update Meeting on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 was a huge success last week! We had an excellent turn-out of our contractor customers who want to stay informed. The Energy Star segment, presented by Mike Berry, was very informative, teaching the contractors how to improve their profits by building more energy efficient homes.

Mike Berry from Energy Star

Mike Berry from Energy Star

The EPA RRP rule has all the builders focused on complying with the new rules. But our guest speakers also explained how to improve the way they contain construction dust and make a healthier work environment for themselves. Dennis Brophy of Dust Door and Wall System showed containment equipment and explained its use for meeting the new regulations. Andrea Goldman, active NARI member and principal of the Law Office of Andrea Goldman in Newton, Massachusetts, gave a detailed update on the legal issues of the EPA RRP rule.

Dust Door Containment Equipment

Dennis Brophy of Dust Door demonstrating containment equipment

UPDATE 5-21-2010: Pictures now available on Facebook at this link!

Major EPA RRP Amendments: Opt-Out Provision Taken Away & Possible Dust Wipe Testing

Shawn McCadden has urgent updates about the EPA RRP lead rule in the latest EM-NARI newsletter. The opt-out provision that allowed homeowners to choose whether or not to abide by the RRP lead rule standards has been taken away. After July 6th, 2010, contractors and homeowners will no longer be allowed to opt out of the law. This means that all work that is not complete before that date will have to conform to the new rules, no matter what.

Also, there is a proposed amendment for mandatory dust wipe testing. Shawn writes:

If dust wipe testing is added to the rule, it will dramatically change the remodeling process, as the wipes would be sent out to a lab for testing and the work area would need to remain off limits to the homeowners until the testing proves negative for lead dust. The renovator would also be responsible to keep re-cleaning the work area until the testing passes muster.

Shawn is, however, pleased with the Massachusetts version of the EPA rule. It requires more, but is more clearly defined, and many of the new requirements were already OSHA regulations.

You can read more about this important development and more on page 9 of the EM-NARI newsletter here: May 2010 (PDF)

A little more about Shawn:

Shawn McCadden founded, operated, and sold a successful design/build company. A co-founder of the Residential Design/Build Institute and former director of education for a national K&B remodeling franchise, Shawn speaks at industry events and consults with remodeling companies. He is one of the industry’s leading experts on the EPA RRP Rule and how it affects remodelers and the supply chain.

You can visit his site at www.shawnmccadden.com, or email him at shawnm@charter.net

Shawn McCadden Update on the EPA RRP Rule

Shawn McCadden has an update on his website about the Massachusetts Department of Safety’s implementation of the new EPA RRP rule. You can read it here: Status of MA Taking Over Administration of the EPA RRP Rule.

Great Legal Advice Regarding Lead-Based Paint Issues

Andrea Goldman, active NARI member and principal of the Law Office of Andrea Goldman in Newton, Massachusetts, has great legal advice regarding lead-based paint renovation issues. As guest writer on the blog Construction Law Musings, Goldman provided some helpful tips for contractors. Read on here: Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Law-Important Legal Issues

Be sure to also check out Andrea Goldman’s Massachusetts Builders Blog to keep up on the latest news in construction laws.

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EPA RRP Questions Answered

Everyone still has a lot of questions about implementing the new EPA RRP (Renovate, Repair, and Painting) lead rules. We’re trying to help you find the answers.

Mark Paskell of the Contractor Coaching Partnership provided us with a PDF of the EPA’s most recent answers to contractor questions, as of March 18, 2010. Here is a link to the PDF file.

Shawn McCadden: EPA RRP Predictions

Shawn McCadden just posted a blog last night about his predictions for how the new EPA RRP rules will impact homeowners, contractors, and building suppliers. It’s a great read.

RRP Predictions: Dazed and Confused at Home and in the Lumberyard

President Obama promises both jobs and energy savings from Homestar rebate program

On March 2, 2010, ProSales magazine posted a news article about the new “cash for caulkers” program that was first mentioned back in January. This program will be similar to “cash for clunkers” in that it will be a direct rebate program to homeowners, and also will be an extension of the energy-efficient incentives already being offered by the government. “The plan generated favorable but cautious support from building material dealers’ national trade group, which has been working hard to make certain the program benefits independent dealers.”

As reported by ProSales magazine, “President Obama wants the program, dubbed “Cash for Caulkers” and first mentioned in his January State of the Union address, included in a jobs package being drafted by Congress. The administration hopes the incentives will boost demand for building products such as insulation, energy-efficient windows, and roofing in the same way car sales skyrocketed last year when consumers were offered rebates for trading in their gas-guzzling autos for more fuel-friendly models. The White House says the program would create “tens of thousands” of jobs, cut energy bills for families by $200 to $500 per year, and reduce the nation’s dependence on oil. Administration officials are still working with Congress on details…”

Read more of the ProSales article “Obama Touts ‘Cash for Caulkers’ Energy-Efficient Retrofit Rebates

Additional link for the White House Fact Sheet: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/fact-sheet-homestar-energy-efficiency-retrofit-program

NLBMDA Others Urge the U.S. Senate to Help Delay EPA Lead Rule

In related news, on March 8, 2010 industry leaders announced that they are seeking a delay in implementation of the new EPA Lead Rule because it is clear that EPA already cannot ensure enough certified renovators will be available for compliance with the LRRP by the deadline of April 22, 2010. They are connecting this with the proposed implementation of the Homestar program since retrofitting pre-1978 homes will certainly be part of those renovations.

You can read the full letter that has been composed to be sent to the Senate committee here.

National Lumber will continue to follow developments of these urgent issues and keep you informed.

Comprehensive Summary of EPA RRP Issues

Shawn McCadden has an excellent EPA RRP summary for remodelers page on his website. It’s comprehensive and should prove to be quite a valuable resource. He makes very clear that this is a time for the industry to really step up and use this new rule to encourage investments in staff and training that should in the end benefit everyone.

Read it here: http://www.shawnmccadden.com/epa-rrp-summary-for-remodelers-by-shawn-mccadden/


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