Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EPA is cracking down on RRP violators

EPA Settles with, Fines 4 N.E. Firms for Lead-Paint Rule Violations

Fines ranged from $2,200 to $30,000

Four New England firms will pay penalties ranging from $2,200 to $30,000 to settle allegations they violated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules for doing renovations that could disturb lead paint, the agency said in a news release April 15.
The news follows another recent settlement in which two firms paid fines totaling $14,455 to settle allegations involving a project in Maine, as well as EPA's announcement that it was sending letters to 200 home renovation and painting contractors in Connecticut about a planned "compliance assistance and enforcement initiative."
All these developments involving the EPA's four-year-old Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule, in which penalties of up $37,500 per day can be imposed on contractors who fail to take required measures designed to limit the disturbance and dissemination of lead paint. Such paint, which hasn't been allowed for home use since 1978, has been found to cause severe health hazards, particularly to infants, small children, and the elderly. 
Complying with the RRP rules is easy using Builders Site Protection's popular Lead Ready Kit

Thursday, April 3, 2014

This Tree-Inspired Skyscraper Sits On Top Of Streets And Sucks Up Pollution

When the L.A. freeway system was built in the 1940s and 1950s, the city saw the massive new roads as a magical solution for bad traffic. That clearly didn’t end up being the case, and the freeways also had the unintended consequences of splitting up neighborhoods and creating more poverty. In some other cities, aging freeways are being torn up and turned into surface streets or even parks. But what happens when a place like L.A. isn’t quite ready to give up existing infrastructure?
One somewhat improbable idea: Build another layer of the city over the roads, reconnecting neighborhoods by making it easier to walk. The Skyvillage design concept, proposed by a student at USC School of Architecture, is a skyscraper that would bridge over the 101-110 interchange near downtown L.A.
“It’s a really common problem for freeways to segregate communities instead of bringing people together,” says Ziwei Song, who developed the design as part of a studio class and recently won an honorable mention in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. “Around the interchange, we found that there are four distinct cultures. If the freeway wasn’t there, it would be more united. That’s why we wanted to build something that could bring people from one side to the other.”
As the freeways stack up at the interchange, they also create a lot of wasted space--about 27 acres of land that can’t easily be used. This skyscraper, inspired by the shape of trees, would build on that space with several towers connected by branching floors. People could enter at the base of one tower, go upstairs, and cross to another neighborhood--from downtown to Chinatown, for example, or Echo Park to Temple Beaudry.
It’s not intended only to act as a bridge; the building itself is designed as a walkable neighborhood, so people living inside or nearby wouldn’t have to get in a car for everyday errands. Along with housing, offices, and a school, Song envisions restaurants, gyms, music clubs, shopping, and a park inside the skyscraper. “It’s a place for people from different social groups to interact,” she says.
The vertical towers supporting the building would be filled with air-filtering plants that are intended--at least in theory--to absorb some of the pollution from the nearby freeways.
More information: Author:  Adele Peters

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Walkability" Increasingly Important to New Home Buyers

According to a new article published in Builder Magazine, "walkability" is becoming more and more of an important factor for first-time home buyers.  "Walkability" refers to a home's proximity to grocery stores, schools, restaurants, shops, etc.  Millennials are a major driving force behind the new push for walkable neighborhoods both urban and suburban.  City planner Jeff Speck says in his latest book, Walkable City, "The biggest population bubble in the last fifty years want to live in places with excitement and buzz. ..if we're talking about new communities, the only answer is mixed-use and walkability."

Its not just millennials who appreciate walkable communities, however.  Their parents, the Baby Boomers, are also more interested in the concept.  As baby boomers get older, many are opting to live in places where they don't have to drive as much and can age in place.  For more information, check out the following article: Why Smart Builders Care About Walkability

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Builders Site Protection Now Accepting 2014 Scholarship Applications

Builders Site Protection is now accepting applications for the 2014 Young Business Entrepreneur Scholarship.  The $1,000.00 scholarship is open to current high school seniors intent on pursuing degrees in business with the goal of starting their own business upon graduation.  The scholarship targets students seeking to start companies in the construction or remodeling industries.

To apply, visit Builders Site Protection's website and download the scholarship application form.  Applications may be submitted to: or mailed to: PO Box 322, Bend, OR 97709.  Applications submitted after May 1, 2014 will not be considered.

For more information about the 2014 Young Business Entrepreneur Scholarship, check out Builders Site Protection's latest press release:

Surface Protection Provider, Builders Site Protection Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Young Business Entrepeneur Scholarship

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Builders Site Protection Selected as Premiere Surface Protection Supplier for new Oregon State University project!

Great news for Builders Site Protection!  We were recently selected to be the surface protection supplier for Andersen Construction's Oregon State University Austin Hall project.  Builders Site Protection is currently supplying Protecta-Foam to protect interior columns during the early stages of construction. As the project progresses, we will provide more protection as needed.  

Check out Builders Site Protection's latest press release to learn more:

Builders Site Protection Selected as Premiere Surface Protection Supplier for Oregon State University's Austin Hall

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Great Customer Testimonial for Builders Site Protection's fantastic T-X268 UV Threshold Tape!

The T-X268 Threshold Tape has always been one of Builders Site Protection's best-selling products.  Now a new customer testimonial explains why!  Teri Coulson of The Window Gal, LLC recently used T-X268 for a project that required protection for sliding door thresholds.  Although she was convinced the sliding door would not be able  to go over the threshold tape, she was soon proved otherwise!

"This Window Gal is one happy camper.  We went to the jobsite and placed the UV tape on the swinging door threshold.  [The homeowner] asked if we had anything for the pocketing multislide or the regular sliding door.  I told them I didn't think the doors would be able to slide over the tape. 

Guess What. I was WRONG!  We put the tape down over the tracks and then sliced it so that it we could fold it down into the channels, and then we placed another piece down in the channel itself.  The door still SLIDES!  The tape is slick enough that the rollers still roll, and the channel in the panel itself glides right past and over the tape.  It's great!  We also put one on the regular sliding door with a standard sliding doors sill, and even IT still slides.  It's a little harder to slide it, but the tradeoff in what the finished door sill will look like 6 to 8 months from now is well worth it."

Teri included the following photos which illustrate just how amazing the T-X268 Threshold Tape really is when it comes to protecting sliders.  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Amazing Photos of the Men Who Built the SF Bay Bridge

Joseph A. Blum, a retired boilermaker, spent 15 years photographing the construction of the new San Francisco Bay Bridge and the men who built it. In his photos, Blum manages to capture the dangerous work along with rare and incredible photos of the bay. Blum stated that it was his great respect for blue-collar workers that inspired him to take on the project.  Check out the video above to learn more!

Photographer Focuses Lens on Bay Bridge Builders in New Exhibit