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Hebert Design/Build is a Lead-Safe Certified Firm

In accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead Repair, Renovation, and Painting Rule (RRP), Hebert Design/Build is a lead-safe certified firm. 

You'll see that we've included our official certification seal on the bottom of every web page. This seal includes our certification number (NAT-F147022-1), which you can verify on the EPA website.

What does this mean, exactly?

According to the EPA's website, this rule "requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state), uselead-safe certified firm certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices."

Contractors affected include renovators, electricians, HVAC specialists, plumbers, painters, and maintenance staff who disrupt more than six square feet of lead paint.

Why does this matter?

While lead is a "naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust," it's dangerous to humans and animals. Lead build-up in the system causes many adverse health effects, especially in children since their brains are still developing.

What does lead have to do with home renovations?

Lead can be found everywhere in our environment, including our soil, water, and in lead-based paints used in older buildings and homes (those constructed before 1978). Having lead-based paint in your home is dangerous enough, but when you renovate a home with lead-based paint, you make it even worse, since the dust particles can spread and get all over everything and anything.

So how does this certification protect me?

Working with a certified contractor means that the contractor has been trained by the EPA in how to safely renovate structures that used lead-based paint.

Need more convincing on why you should only work with certified contractors? Read the EPA's guide that discusses why you should hire a lead-safe renovator.

We're happy to answer your questions as well. Contact us any time.

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