Lead rules, aargh. Were ignorant, Were confused, we shall overcome. Save us!
So what’s the future bringing?
April 2010, the new lead rules. At the worst we got government doing their usual crazy antics. A new law to protect people from the harmful effects of lead. Should we protect the nations health? Yes! Will this be confusing? It already is.
At best we ease into the new rulings, at worst lead rules put the brakes on remodeling recovery and convince many contractors to devise ways to work around the rulings. Homeowners who are not concerned, and I have met some, will feel good about breaking the law to save money and they get to “Stick it to the Man” at the same time.
What about contractors?
I heard some contractors say they will ignore the lead rule because its clueless to the reality of how remodeling work is done. Others may change their business model and target newer homes built after 1978, or they will specialize in areas where there is little chance of needing to do lead control. I heard other contractors brag they will use this to gain market share and grow their business. No good answers here, I believe all contractors will adapt as these rules get revised. But how?
What about homeowners?
“Here is your lead pamphlet Mr Wilson, inside is why and how we will do your window replacement. How much will this cost? We just added 20% to your bill to keep you safe. What’s that Mr Wilson? Did you just say Go to Hell”? Small contractors will adapt quicker than the larger companies and I doubt if anyone will gain market share by turning the EPA lemons into lemonade. We will need to find a way to satisfy homeowners and the EPA.
How much is what most people will want to know. It could be substantial on some projects. Inner city homes will lose value.We could pretend this is good for everyone but it won’t be, good for health if it works, bad for building because its clearly not well planned.
Lets think, shall we?
Lets think about voicing some concerns for a viable solution without the business community or the proponents of this plan coming to blows. Lets get smart as a group. We have until April to work together to come up with a proposal that may bring some common sense to this future debacle. To date we have only vague references that scare people into compliance. Most contractors are small one man shops, like it or not these are the builders who work on most homes. Getting compliance from them will be impossible and homeowners will in a large part decide to circumvent this lead ruling to save money.
Here’s some links from a friend who found articles addressing the EPA Lead Rule
First is from the National Association of Realtors http://tinyurl.com/yhuug22
From the Small Business Administration http://www.sba.gov/advo/laws/comments/epa09_1127.html
From the Center for Healthy HousingÂ Lead Studies
Here is the EPA Contractor Compliance Guide LinkÂ Compliance Guide
Here is the EPA link www.epa.gov/lead
There’s more, some people I talked to think this lead rule will get thrown out and never get implemented, if that happens the contractor proponents will seem foolish, if it goes through the supporters will be unpopular. I think we should do better control and containment, but at a reasonable expense, you won’t get a lot of homeowner support if this turns out to be overkill.
This is a lot to read, but try those links and see where you end up on this unfolding event.
Article by Paul Lesieur/ Silvertree Construction
Links provided by Chris Wright/ Wrightworks