When you look at the top two questions posed to the EPA regarding the RRP Rule, they seem to indicate many contractors are still debating on whether they should become Lead-Safe Certified. The questions also seem to indicate there may be a great deal of opportunity for contractors who get their certification. In light of the pending RRP expansion to all pre-1978 commercial and public buildings, if you have obtained certification and have a track record of experience, there may be a plethora of jobs available for your bidding. The most popular question posed to the EPA is: "Is it a violation of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP) for a homeowner to hire a firm that is not certified?" This question could have been asked by a homeowner, however that consumer must be saavy enough to know about the RRP Rule and where to find the Q&A section on the EPA website. We tend to think this question has been asked by contractors, perhaps ones who are lead-safe certified and looking for a marketing edge against non-certified competitors. Being able to tell a potential customer that they might be in violation if they don't hire you makes for an easier sell. Likewise, if there is no violation for the homeowner, but there is for the contractor, then it might be more cost-effective for the contractor to either sub-contract RRP work, or pass it up altogether. By the way, the EPA's posted answer is: "The Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP) does not impose requirements on homeowners, unless they are performing renovations in rental space. However, the hired firm would be in violation of the RRP Rule if it was uncertified and performing a covered renovation." The second most popular question goes to the heart of RRP ROI and from our experience, is open to quite a bit of discussion. That question is: "How much will it cost contractors to comply with the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule?" The EPA's answer is interesting … and we encourage you to weigh-in on what YOUR true costs are in RRP compliance. We've created a summary of those costs listed by the EPA on their Q&A webpage. Training Costs: Firm Certification: $300 (valid for 5 years = $60 /yr.) Training for each employee/certified renovator: $562 per trained employee (tuition = $186, 8 hrs. of time= $253, 2 hrs. driving to class=$63, mileage=$49, and lunch= $9.) Costs for Renovation Work: Test kits: $10 per job Single Family Home: $35 - $376, depending on size/nature of job Incremental Costs for compliance: $8 - $124 One example that EPA provides to explain the incremental range refers to a medium-sized job removing portions of a wall in a single family home (such as might be done to repair water pipes or electrical wiring). The average cost ranges between $41 for contractors who already used some of the required work practices, to $121 for contractors who did not use any of the required work practices. Exterior Painting Job: $90 (already used some of the required work practices), to $245 for contractors who started from scratch. How do these numbers jive with your experiences?