Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Homestar: Finally a Job Creation Program

On Tuesday, March 3, 2010 President Obama announced his Homestar Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program. This new version addresses the very thing that was missing from the Energy Tax Rebate program – job creation. CertainTeed president and CEO, Peter Dachowski was present at the announcement, illustrating CertainTeed’s support of the Homestar initiative.

To read the entire story see the CertainTeed Building Knowledge Blog.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Is Your Contractor Lead-Paint Certified?

As of April 22, 2010, new rules go into effect regarding work that disturbs lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978. Until 1978 many paints contained lead. Ordinary renovation and maintenance activities in buildings built before 1978 can create dust that contains lead. Lead paint dust can be dangerous, and it doesn't take a lot of dust to cause harm to children and adults. Children who ingest even small amounts of lead dust can develop brain damage, behavior or learning problems, and have a high probability of delinquency. Adults who inhale dust from lead-based paint can have a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.

Contractors are required to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. These work practices protect residents from the dust that may contain lead by:
• containing work areas (to limit any potential exposure to residents)
• minimizing the dust
• leaving the work area clean

Rockweiler Insulation and its employees are certified by the State of Wisconsin to perform these lead-safe work practices. When you decide to have sidewall work done and your home was built prior to 1978, we will provide you with a pamphlet (Renovate Right) that explains basic facts about lead and lead safety. When these procedures are followed, you can be confident that your health is not at risk.

For more information on this topic, please visit www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/lead or www.epa.gov/lead.

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