David Merrick, owner of Merrick Design and Build, in Kensington, Md., has been preparing for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) legislation for many months. He and two employees have taken the EPA’s Certified Renovator course. They in turn have taught everyone on staff — including the office manager and selections coordinator who, though they don’t work on site, will be able to answer clients’ questions. “We’re developing practices and procedures so [complying] isn’t that burdensome,” Merrick says.
To figure out costs to revised work schedules, Merrick developed this lead paint work plan. The form shows three scenarios, each one tied into an estimating template. “The goal is to define the work plan, include it in the estimate, document the process, and declare the project free of lead painted surfaces as quickly as possible.” —Stacey Freed, senior editor, REMODELING. [Editor's note: As of July 14, the forms below have been update and corrected.]