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RRP Certification Class June 15, 2010


Ohio Valley NARI is invited to attend an EPA RRP Certification class organized by Miami Valley NARI on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. The class will be instructed by William Menrath, MS.  If your firm is not yet certified, here is yet another opportunity. The class will take place from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza North at 2301 Wagner Ford Road in Dayton.  The cost of the class is $179.00 for members or $229.00 for non-members.
EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Final Rule (40 CFR 745) requires that renovations conducted for compensation, must be performed by Certified Firms using Certified Renovators. Renovation firms that wish to work in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities must apply to the EPA and pay a fee in order to become certified. Renovators seeking to become Certified Renovators must successfully complete an EPA-accredited renovator course or a course accredited by an EPA-authorized State or Tribe. This course is the EPA model course for Certified Renovators and as such meets all requirements in 40 CFR 745.90. This course will teach attendees how to comply with the EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule and the HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule, and how to perform lead-safe work practices safely and effectively. Once you have successfully completed a Certified Renovator Initial Course, delivered by an EPA-accredited training provider, you will be an EPA Certified Renovator. EPA Certified Renovator status will allow you to do lead-safe renovation, repair, and painting work in pre-1978 housing and in child- occupied facilities where work will disturb lead-based paint.
The class is limited to 24 students and will fill up quickly.  Please call (800) 498-NARI to register or go to


Join Us at the Ballpark

July 17, 2010 

Unwind for a summer evening of dinner, drinks, and a Reds game with family and friends. This event is always a great time! Join us for this fun-filled night and cheer the Reds on as they take on the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ballpark on July 17th with a start time of 7:10 p.m. For $65 per person, participants will receive a game ticket, full catered buffet-style dinner, beverages (including 2 beers), and private seating for our group and Ohio Valley NARI will receive scoreboard recognition. Come out to support your NARI chapter and have a memorable evening with customers, co-workers, family, and friends at the ballpark. Tickets sell out quickly so reserve yours today!  Final deadline for ticket purchase is Friday, June 18th.  Call Ohio Valley NARI today at (800) 498-6274 to reserve your seats.


Save The Date For The Golf Outing

August 12, 2010 

Ohio Valley NARI is teaming up once again with NKBA for the 2010 golf outing to be played at Glenview Golf Course, 10965 Springfield Pike in Cincinnati Ohio. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. sharp on Thursday, August 12th. There are plenty of sponsorship and golfer opportunities still available.

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Contractor Registration in Cincinnati: New Chapter 1106

Presented by Richard Schriewer, Supervisor of Inspections, City of Cincinnati

Ohio Valley NARI conducted its Membership Meeting on Thursday, May 13th at the Sharonville Nisbet Brower location. This was a highly informative program that covered everything we could want to know regarding permits, Chapter 1106 and much, much more. Richard Schriewer, the evening's guest speaker has been with the City of Cincinnati for over 20 years and is sincerely a wealth of information regarding various city regulations.
A special thanks to Harry and the folks at Nisbet Brower for extending an invitation to host our membership meeting at their fine facility.


Proposed Changes to the EPA's RRP Rule, Already


The following is a summary of the proposed changes:
Containment in exterior projects
If the renovation will affect surfaces within 10 feet of the property line, the renovation firm must erect vertical containment to insure that dust and debris from the renovation does not contaminate adjacent buildings or migrate to adjacent properties. Vertical containment may also be necessary in other situations, such as in windy conditions, in order to prevent contamination of other buildings, other areas of the property, or adjacent buildings or properties.
Project Clearance
Occurrence 1 - Clearance by a certified inspector, certified risk assessor, or certified dust sampling technician is required after renovations involving the demolition, or removal through destructive means, of more than 6 ft2 of plaster and lath building component, or the disturbance of paint using machines designed to remove paint through high-speed operation, such as sanding, grinding, power planning, needle gun, abrasive blasting or sandblasting.
The certified inspector, certified risk assessor, or certified dust sampling technician:
1) must perform a visual inspection to determine whether dust, debris or residue is still present in the renovation work area.  If dust, debris or residue is present, these conditions must be removed by re-cleaning and another visual inspection must be performed. 
2) must collect dust wipe samples and send them to an recognized EPA laboratory for analysis
3) if the residual lead level in a particular dust sample or test equals or exceeds the applicable clearance level, the components represented by the failed sample or test shall be recleaned and re-tested
4) must prepare a clearance report and provide it to the renovation firm within 3 days of the date that the final dust wipe testing results are obtained.
Occurrence 2 - Dust wipe testing must be performed by a certified inspector, certified risk assessor, or certified dust sampling technician after all renovations involving the use of a heat gun at temperatures below 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, removal or replacement of window or door frames, scraping 60 ft2 or more of painted surfaces, and removing more than 40 ft2 of trim, molding, cabinets, or other fixtures.
The certified inspector, certified risk assessor, or certified dust sampling technician:
1) after cleaning verification has been performed, must collect dust wipe samples
2) dust wipe samples must be analyzed by a laboratory or other entity recognized by EPA
3) must prepare a dust wipe testing report and provide it to the renovation firm within 3 days of the date that the dust wipe testing results are obtained
If clearance or dust wipe testing is performed, the renovation firm must provide, within 3 days of the date the renovation firm receives the report, a copy of the clearance or dust wipe testing report to the owner of the building; and, if different, an adult occupant of the residential dwelling, if the renovation took place within a residential dwelling, or an adult representative of the child occupied facility.
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How to Keep Customer for Life

We all know the adage that it's a lot cheaper to keep customers than it is to get new ones. Dan Kennedy, one of the world's leading marketers, has conducted a study into why businesses fail to keep customers.
Here are the reasons customers leave:
   1% die
   3% move away
   5% follow a friend or relative's advice and switch to their recommended supplier
   9% switch due to a better price or better product
   14% switch due to product or service dissatisfaction.


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Contractor Makes Mark with 'Footprint' Analysis


Turman Commercial Painters says it has something in common with business behemoths Wal-Mart, Intel, and Citibank: all are going where relatively few companies have gone before with pioneering environmental initiatives.

Turman, based in Livermore, Calif., says its actions in the environmental arena deserve special notice, in that the company is one of the few businesses in the construction and allied trades to conduct a "carbon-footprint analysis" of its operations.

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Understand Your Company's Break-Even Point

By Lynn Vos

Every business owner needs a fundamental understanding of a company's break-even point. What's a break-even point you ask? The profit and loss break-even point is the point at which costs or expenses are equal to the revenues.

Every business owner needs to know at what level of sales he can cover his expenses. Then you can take this number and use it to guide your performance and/or communicate to your employees the minimum level of performance needed to keep the business going.

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Speedup in Demand for Countertops Forecast

By Craig Webb

America's demand for countertops will grow between 2008 and 2013 at close to twice the annual rate that it showed during the preceding five years, reaching 760 million square feet in 2013, the Freedonia Group recently forecasted.


Engineered and natural stone countertops will see the biggest percentage gains, climbing 8% and 9.6%, respectively, but laminates will continue to account for nearly three-fifths of all sales, the Cleveland-based research group said.


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Ohio Valley NARI is Updating our Website

We are currently in the process of renovating our website to offer more information and functionality for both the member and the consumer. As part of this process we will be adding a photo gallery for our members to showcase some of their favorite projects. We will use the same general categories as we do for our CotY entries without a monetary reference. The categories include: Residential Kitchen; Residential Bath; Residential Interior; Residential Addition; Residential Exterior; Entire House; Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration; Residential Universal Design; Commercial Interior; Commercial Exterior; Commercial Specialty and Home Theater & Media Rooms.
Please submit one before and one after photo of the projects you wish to submit. Please send pictures as .jpeg or .tiff electronic file formats to info@naricincinnati.org. Please note that these are for the website only. Any project that is being planned for submission for an upcoming CotY consideration may not be posted as this would disqualify the project for competing in the CotY Awards program.


BWC Split Experience Rating Plan

As part of their workers' compensation system reforms, the BWC previously had planned to implement a Split Experience Rating Plan beginning July 1, 2011, for private employers and (assumed) January 1, 2012, for public employers. At Frank Gates the concern was raised regarding the BWC implementing this plan without providing enough details to plan accordingly and fully understand the premium impacts. 
Late last week and confirmed Monday, May 17, the BWC has decided to make July 1, 2011, a testing period for the Split Experience Rating Plan and will not implement now until July 1, 2012, for private employers. It is assumed the split plan will be effective for public employers beginning January 1, 2013. 
This is good news as it will allow Frank Gates to model the Split Plan and make necessary adjustments prior to it becoming effective. The 2011 discount structure for Group Rating will remain the same as the 2010 Rating Year with a 51% maximum group discount and not be further reduced as previously anticipated.



May 19, 2010




Construction Workers


Ohio Valley NARI

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