Year over year increase of the Residential BuildFax Remodeling Index for July 2011 which tracks the number of permits issued across the country
Source: BuildFax Property History
Increase in nationwide requests for residential solar installations
Percent of homes built in 2010 that were Energy Star rated
HISTORIC RESTORATION PROJECTS
In a previous newsletter, Red Level Renovations introduced a new project to continue the restoration of the historic Grant Mansion, which serves as the offices for the Atlanta Preservation Center. Red Level has since restored the antebellum building's front porch, and the rear porch is nearing completion. Parking spaces, walkways and a wheelchair lift will create full access for the public, and allow the Center to double the usable square footage of the building.
Red Level's newest historic restoration project is the Sayre-Alford House in the town of Sparta, GA. The large antebellum Greek Revival is thought to have been built by Robert S. Sayre between 1828 and 1839, and was recently purchased from The Georgia Trust. It has been unoccupied for nearly 20 years, and Red Level will be providing rehabilitation work to restore the historic home, while adding some modern conveniences.
To see more photos of the Atlanta Preservation Center project, please visit the photo gallery at www.red-level.com.
EPA'S LEAD SAFE PRACTICES UPDATE
Also in one of our previous newsletters, we outlined the EPA's 2008 Renovate, Repair & Paint Lead Safety Rule (RRP) for houses built prior to 1978 where existing paint is disturbed. All contractors engaging in this work would need to become trained and certified in lead-safe practices and begin implementation of those practices by April 22, 2010.
The new regulations and requirements have been met with considerable opposition from the industry, but a ruling in July 2011 by the EPA brought some positive news. Previously at the onset of their projects, remodelers had to rely on not always reliable testing kits to determine whether LRRP rules would apply. The EPA is now allowing certified contractors to collect paint chips and send them to a recognized lab for analysis.
More significantly, the EPA decided not impose its proposed post-project clearance testing requirement. The rule would have required contractors to demonstrate, through a process called dust-wipe testing and third-party independent lab approval, that dust-lead levels remaining in the work area are below regulatory levels.