Company Green Building Practices
At Straight Line Design and Remodeling, we understand the impact humans have on the environment. We value our surroundings and try to reduce, reuse, and recycle (3R’s) whenever possible. We use a jobsite recycling system to ensure most of the waste does not end up in a landfill.
Along with the everyday habit of recycling, we use the ReGreen Residential Guidelines. These guidelines allow us to successfully introduce design options for clients to consider during their projects. There is no “green certification” or rating system for remodeling like LEED is for new construction, but we want to explore all the options possible.
Both of these green building practices does not impact your project cost. It is a philosophy that our company will own.
Project Green Building Options
Using green products and methods is part of the green building process. This can consists of using low voc paints, FSC certified lumber, and formaldehyde free plywood to calculating the air loss in your home and sealing for better indoor air quality. These materials and methods can be unusual and not always standard construction practices. Understand that this is a lifestyle choice and can increase the cost of doing construction. There are federal and state energy programs that can give rebates or tax incentives.
Renovate, Repair, and Paint (RRP) EPA Certification
Straight Line Design and Remodeling understands and respects the hazards of lead based paint. Your safety and the safety of your loved ones are of our most concern. Our company is certified by the EPA. We carry a valid LBPR License through the Oregon CCB.
If you have homes built on or before the year 1978, please understand that we would have to use RRP practices and give you an information brochure. These practices usually increase the project prices by 5%, but vary depending on the amount of lead based paint.
Federal law requires contractors that are hired to perform renovation, repair and painting projects in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 that disturb painted surfaces to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
The work practices the contractor must follow include these three simple procedures, described below:
1) Contain the work area.
The area must be contained so that dust and debris do not escape from that area. Warning signs must be put up and plastic or other impermeable material and tape must be used as appropriate to:
- Cover the floors and any furniture that cannot be moved.
- Seal off doors and heating and cooling system vents.
- For exterior renovations, cover the ground and, in some instances, erect vertical containment or equivalent extra precautions in containing the work area.
These work practices will help prevent dust or debris from getting outside the work area.
2) Avoid renovation methods that generate large amounts of lead-contaminated dust.
Some methods generate so much lead-contaminated dust that their use is prohibited. They are:
- Open flame burning or torching.
- Sanding, grinding, planing, needle gunning, or blasting with power tools and equipment not equipped with a shroud and HEPA vacuum attachment.
- Using a heat gun at temperatures greater than 1100°F.
There is no way to eliminate dust, but some renovation methods make less dust than others. Contractors may choose to use various methods to minimize dust generation, including using water to mist areas before sanding or scraping; scoring paint before separating components; and prying and pulling apart components instead of breaking them.
3) Clean up thoroughly.
The work area should be cleaned up daily to keep it as clean as possible. When all the work is done, the area must be cleaned up using special cleaning methods before taking down any plastic that isolates the work area from the rest of the home. The special cleaning methods should include:
- Using a HEPA vacuum to clean up dust and debris on all surfaces, followed by
- Wet wiping and wet mopping with plenty of rinse water.
When the final cleaning is done, look around. There should be no dust, paint chips, or debris in the work area. If you see any dust, paint chips, or debris, the area must be re-cleaned
When all the work is finished, you will want to know if your home, child care facility, or school where children under six attend has been cleaned up properly.
4) EPA Requires Cleaning Verification.
In addition to using allowable work practices and working in a lead-safe manner, EPA’s RRP rule requires contractors to follow a specific cleaning protocol. The protocol requires the contractor to use disposable cleaning cloths to wipe the floor and other surfaces of the work area and compare these cloths to an EPA-provided cleaning verification card to determine if the work area was adequately cleaned. EPA research has shown that following the use of lead-safe work practices with the cleaning verification protocol will effectively reduce lead-dust hazards.