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GAF offers roof makeover for contest winner

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Wayne, N.J.-based GAF and the Lifetime Network’s "Designing Spaces" show are co-sponsoring the “Ugly Roof Makeover” contest, billed as “A tribute to the great American homeowner.”

GAF will select a winner who will receive an entire new roofing system valued at up to $15,000, and the installation of their roof will be featured in a segment of "Designing Spaces," a half-hour informative series that guides viewers on how to make their homes more beautiful and functional.

“A home’s roofing and ventilation system is critical to the longevity of the house itself, and we’re excited to be able to contribute the highest-quality products to a house that is badly in need,” said Paul Bromfield, senior VP marketing at GAF.

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EPA lead rule suffers setback

BY Brae Canlen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not be able to enforce its Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule until it approves a reliable lead test as mandated by its own regulations, according to an amendment adopted yesterday by the House Appropriations Committee. The amendment, supported by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA), was sponsored by Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) and was approved by a committee voice vote.

When the EPA implemented the final LRRP Rule the agency was supposed to have approved a commercially available lead test kit, which produced no more than 10% false positives and 5% false negatives. As of today, no such kit is available on the market, and some new kits produce false positives as high as 60% of the time, according to an NLBMDA press release. The Rehberg Amendment would lift the burden of LRRP compliance and its costs from thousands of consumers in homes that otherwise would have tested negative.  

"NLBMDA would like to thank Congressman Rehberg for his efforts to help alleviate the unjustified compliance burden placed on dealers and their customers as a result of unreliable test kits," said NLBMDA executive VP Scott Lynch. "If EPA is going to expect compliance from the regulated community, we expect them to adhere to their own regulations as well."

The appropriations bill will now move to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

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F.Masek says:
Jul-20-2011 12:58 am

There is no need for a better
There is no need for a better “test kit,” as highly reliable and affordable X-Ray Fluorescence technology has been in use for decades, there are many consultants who have XRF machines, and lead inspections are inexpensive. XRF testing produces no damage, while “test kits” and chip sampling involves producing widely scattered damage (12 to 15 sample locations for a typical room in a house). The reality is that lead-based paint is rare in residential buildings constructed 1960-1978, and is not everywhere in older buildings. EPA’s big mistake was not requiring that the buildings be inspected, so that procedures for dealing with lead-based paint are only used where it is actually present. Please contact me to discuss ways to help good contractors avoid losing working to the "hacks" who will create lead hazards, and for more information.

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Bid to reverse light bulb rule fails

BY Brae Canlen

An attempt to repeal the phaseout of standard incandescent light bulbs failed to muster enough votes to win approval in the House of Representatives, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.

The Republican-controlled House voted 233-193, short of the two-thirds majority necessary to enact the Better Use of Our Light Bulbs, or BULB, Act. A number of consumers, manufacturers and even environmental groups oppose the phaseout the old incandescents over three years, starting with 100-watt bulbs next Jan. 1. Federal legislation signed by George W. Bush in 2007 mandated the replacement of incandescents with more energy-efficient lighting sources.

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