EPA Lead, Renovation & Repair Certification Renewal Date Coming Up in 2015

EPA Lead RRP RuleIt’s time to start thinking about renewing the Environmental Protection Agency lead-certified renovator certificate to work on pre-1978 homes. For those who received the certification in the first year of the Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting program, 2015 is the renewal year of that five-year certification. In order to get renewed, remodelers will have to take a refresher course. Currently, that includes hands-on training, although the EPA is looking into removing that requirement.

For more information on the EPA’s LRRP program, to find a trainer or to download materials to share with your customers, visit the EPA’s website.

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The Value of Trade Associations for Pro Contractors

The Value of Trade Associations - LIBI and NARIGreg Hartmann, National Account Manager for FastenMaster asks: Do you belong to any trade associations?

As a sales person working for a manufacturer, Greg knows that by joining an association of builders he has the opportunity to connect with the people that use the products he sells. For him the value he receives is far greater than the annual fee. For builders, he says, the value can be even greater. Continue reading ‘The Value of Trade Associations for Pro Contractors’

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Falls in Construction/Fixed Scaffolds

This video by OSHA shows the importance of following OSHA’s fall protection standards. Construction deaths are preventable – are you protecting yourself and your workers from harm and a possible lawsuit?

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Understanding the Scaffold Law

Understanding the Scaffold LawAccording to Karl Silverberg, NYC/LI NARI General Counsel, there has been a buzz in the construction industry recently over New York State Labor Law § 240, commonly known as the Scaffold Law, and Labor Law § 241. Various contractor trade groups are calling for New York State to repeal Labor Law §§ 240 & 241. The recent action is the result of escalating insurance costs to cover Labor Law §§ 240 & 241 claims. Contractors are facing a threefold hit respecting these costs. First, recent large damage awards to injured workers have increased insurance premiums. Second, higher awards require contractors to carry higher limits. Third, there is word that certain carriers have left the market, thus decreasing competition.

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Noble Canary’s OSHA Audit App

Noble Canary's OSHA Audit AppNoble Canary’s OSHA Audit app allows builders to complete a full safety audit on their iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Contractors can take their phones to the jobsite and create a new guided audit — taking photos, adding notes — and email a copy of the full audit report to the agency when they’re done. The app offers complete coverage of the 29 CFR 1910 standard published by OSHA.

Click here to download the app.

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Will Your New Home Still Be Standing in 50 Years?

Will Your New Home Still Be Standing In 50 Years?
You hear people say that houses just aren’t built the way they used to be, that true craftsmanship is a thing of the past. Is it true? Marilyn Lewis of MSN Real Estate  asked experts — a homebuilder, an engineer and two materials scientists — if new homes today match up to those built by our grandfathers, and their grandfathers. Their answers were surprising.

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How do you create a tighter building envelope and save time and money on the job site?

Check out this video on ZIP System® Roof and Wall Sheathing – if you are buttoning up framing the old fashioned way, it’s time to learn a few new tricks.

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Improving Relations Between Building Inspectors and Pro Contractors

Improving Relations Between Building Inspectors and Pro Contractors
There seems to be a lot of tension between building inspectors and pro contractors with numerous opinions as to the cause. Whatever your opinion, the fact is that inspectors and contractors have the same goals in mind: safety and completing a project as efficiently as possible in order to satisfy the homeowner and move on to the next project. In this article, Janet Blake, FastenMaster Communications Manager, gives practical advice for both inspectors and contractors on developing a better working relationship.

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OSHA Heat Illness Guide

Stay safe on the job – download the OSHA Heat Illness Guide and protect yourself and your crew this summer.

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Siding color trends: Factors that influence color choice

James Hardie - Siding Color TrendsSmart contractors and remodelers realize homeowners want a project to reflect their unique style and taste, and that’s especially true when it comes to exteriors. Siding dominates the outside of a home due to sheer mass, and therefore the choice of materials, texture and design of a re-side makes a statement about that homeowner. The choice of siding color is equally important.

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