The new Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) will take effect April 22, 2010. Like many new government policies, there appears to be a lot of confusion about what this rule means, both in practice and in cost.
According to a recent New York Times article, quoting information apparently supplied by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB):
Contractors will also be required to invest in vacuums that suck up and trap dust and scaffolding for outdoor projects. Builders estimate the new rule could add $500 to $1,500 per job in time, materials and labor to protect against lead dust migration.
E.P.A. officials, however, said that, except for exterior jobs, following the new work practices would add only $8 to $167 per job.
There’s a huge difference between $1,500.00 and $167.00. Why the confusion?
Most of us in the business, with any common sense, know that we’ll be spending a lot more than $167.00 on HEPA vacuums, plastic sheeting, tape, and disposable clothes (see the Renovate Right brochure), let alone labor and potential testing. But there’s more. Read the article! Stay informed!