The EPA that the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Pilot Credit program has announced a newly available “Lead Risk Reduction Pilot Credit.” Its intent is to reduce adverse health impacts and environmental pollution in buildings through the implementation of improved maintenance and lead-safe work practices, and to provide staff with the necessary information they need to promote lead-safe practices. It specifically focuses on lead paint in dust, soil, and water. In order to qualify for the credit, building owners must perform lead hazard screenings and drinking water tests, and use certified renovation firms; it also requires the use of certified lead-free plumbing products. It is available to U.S. and international applicants.
NAR President Tom Salomone sent a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with concerns about the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) recent guidance on calculating student loan payments. The letter thanks HUD and FHA for implementing NAR’s previous ask that monthly obligations be calculated using 1% of the outstanding student loan debt rather than 2%, but also raises the concern that borrowers with income-based repayment plans may be unfairly treated under the new calculation method.