WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 17, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Homebuilder’s Association of Greater Little Rock (HBA-GLR) proudly trained over 20 members on EPA Lead-Safe practices. Through a collaboration with an EPA Certified Renovator Training Provider from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the HBA-GLR helped create a larger pool of EPA-certified construction professionals for Arkansans to utilize when undertaking home repairs or home improvement projects on pre-1978 homes.

Under the EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, beginning on April 22, 2010 firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes and child care facilities built before 1978 must be EPA-RRP Certified and must also use EPA Certified Renovators who follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. To become EPA-RRP Certified, individuals must take training from an EPA-accredited training provider.

“Today, there are over one million kids who have been poisoned by lead from old paint,” said J. Don Overton, Co-Chair of the HBA-GLR’s Education Committee. “Home repairs that create even a small amount of lead dust are enough to poison your child and put your family at risk of brain damage, birth defects, memory loss, hearing loss, diminished motor skills and learning disabilities. If you live in a home or apartment that was built before 1978, make sure you only use a professional contractor that is EPA Lead-Safe certified in accordance with the EPA-RRP Rule before they begin your project,” added Overton.

“The HBA-GLR, in an effort to educate and train its members and to prevent this needless exposure to lead paint dust, recently held four education training sessions on the EPA-RRP Rule: two (2) were held for individuals who had expiring certification to be renewed for another five-year period and the other two (2) were held to provide the required initial RRP training,” said Overton.

The following HBA-GLR members are now certified under the RRP Rule for the next five years as being knowledgeable in the Lead-Safe practices set forth by the EPA:

Aaron Olivari, ACE Glass Construction Corp
Bill May, ACE Glass Construction Corp
Mike Brown, Austen Michaels Custom Interiors
Justin Keener, Billy Hartness Construction
John Spencer, Chenal Restoration DKI
Tony Pounds, Chenal Restoration DKI
Tom Smithwick, Chenal Restoration DKI
Jessie Haak, Chenal Restoration DKI
Kyle Peacock, Chenal Restoration DKI
Frank Curtis, Curtis Contracting
Jeff Fox, Fox Services
Paul Fite, Leafguard of Arkansas
Bill Miller, Miller Construction
Allen Martin, Overhead Door Co of Little Rock
Nathan Cooper, River Valley Builders
Sam Carrasquillo, SC Home
Doc Rehg, Stallmann Construction
Ron Harris, Summerwood, Inc.
J. Don Overton, Sustainable Construction/The Overton Firm
John Turner, Turner & Sons Construction
Chase Dillon, The Dillon Group
*This list only consists of HBA-GLR members who were trained in June 2015 by the HBA-GLR. This list does not contain non-members or other HBA-GLR members who were previously trained by other providers.

To learn more about the Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock, please visit www.hbaglr.com


The Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock was established in 1952 to promote the housing industry, and professionalism within the industry. Quality workmanship and products, reliable craftsmanship, and a desire to provide safe and secure homes for the Central Arkansas area have been the benchmark of the Association for over 60 years.

Contact: Lauren Williams

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