Two days after the release of the National Association of Home Builders’ guidelines outlining the testing and remediation of contaminated Chinese drywall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued its own report, one that differs from the NAHB document regarding electrical wiring.
The NAHB’s 80-plus page document, Imported Problematic Drywall: Identification Strategies and Remediation Guidelines, recommends that all wiring in affected homes be replaced, while the CPSC/HUD report, Remediation Guidance for Homes with Corrosion from Problem Drywall as of March 18, 2011, does not.
Despite these seeming differences of opinion, the NAHB advises its members to follow the CPSC guidelines. The information released by the CPSC had been fervently anticipated by the NAHB for a number of months. The NAHB document even states that the CPSC’s results were not yet available but “recommends that builders pay close attention to these test results when they are announced and take them into account when deciding what steps to take with respect to high-voltage wiring.” (Coastal Contractor)