Wednesday
Apr212010

Wennersten Design & Construction Becomes an EPA Certified Firm

 WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ - Wennersten Design & Construction received offi cial notice one day before the deadline to comply with the Environmental Protections Agency's new federal mandate for Lead-Safe work practices. 
 
On April 22, 2010, the EPA  began requiring the use of lead-safe work practices aimed at preventing lead poisoning in children.  The rule became effective and firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified. 
To comply with the mandate WD+C became a  certified firm and put Brian Wennersten, Project Manager,  through training to become an EPA Certified Contractor.  WD+C is proud to keep up with EPA regulations in their ongoing effort to protect the health of the occupants in each household that they work on.  Improving the indoor environmental quality of a home through lead safe work practices adds to measures already taken by WDC, including proper ventilation and the use of sealants and adhesives that have lower off gassing than traditional building materials.  For more information visit: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadinfo.htm#resources


Friday
Apr092010

Green Building and Affordable Housing: NYC Habitat for Humanity 

BROOKLYN, NY - Brian Wennersten, Wennersten Design + Construction Project Manager, recently volunteered for New York City Habitat for Humanity with a group from the Emerging Green Builders of NYC.  The group gathered at 118 Hart St. in Brooklyn, NY to work on the final stages of a four story affordable housing row home.  The building began construction in July of 2009 and is now close to becoming the new homes for first time homebuyers.  The EGB’ers were able to contribute in the construction process along side with full time AmeriCorps volunteers by installing and painting finish trim, hanging doors, and sealing the tile floors.  
Habitat for Humanity is now developing with green building practices in mind.  This was quite fitting for the EGB’ers as many of the participants are members of the New York City Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council’s, Urban Green Council and are strong supporters of the LEED(Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) rating systems. While LEED certification was not pursued on these homes, Habitat built to Energy Star standards.   Some of the aspects that were included to increase energy efficiency are high efficiency boilers, energy efficient low-emissivity windows and energy star appliances and lighting fixtures.  As prescribed in the LEED rating systems; much of the construction materials are non-toxic and sustainable, and water saving fixtures were installed.  At the end of the day, affordability of these homes is further increased with green building practices when the new homeowners are estimated to save 30% on utility bills. 
“It was a great experience to be able to contribute in building affordable housing in Brooklyn.  Many people believe that green building and affordable housing do not coincide.  However, Habitat for Humanity has begun to prove that environmentally friendly building practices can be both high quality and economic at the same time.” Brian Wennersten
Monday
Mar222010

Brian Wennersten becomes an EPA Certified Contractor

FAIR LAWN, NJ -  As part of its ongoing commitment to eliminate lead poisoning, the Environmental Protection Agency will be implementing a new rule requiring the use of lead safe practices.  Under the new Federal Law, beginning April 22nd, 2010,  contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

In anticipation of this new rule, Brian Wennersten, Project Manager of Wennersten Design and Construction, has successfully completed the EPA's Lead Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) course to become an EPA Certified Contractor.  WDC has an ongoing commitment to improving the indoor environmental quality of your home and is proud to comply with the EPA's new rules to make sure that your home is a healthy space both during construction and after our projects are completed. 

Under the rule, child-occupied facilities are defined as residential, public or commercial buildings where children under age six are present on a regular basis. The requirements apply to renovation, repair or painting activities. The rule does not apply to minor maintenance or repair activities where less than six square feet of lead-based paint is disturbed in a room or where less then 20 square feet of lead-based paint is disturbed on the exterior. Window replacement is not minor maintenance or repair.

Read EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule.