Health@Home: High-Performance Housing Rehabilitation Guidelines

2. Keep It Contaminant Free


Common contaminants in the home include asbestos, lead, radon, building materials, pesticides, and tobacco smoke.

The Lead Safe Housing Rule applies to all HUD-funded and other federally funded projects in buildings built prior to 1978 (target housing). Specific requirements depend on a number of factors, including the type and amount of financial assistance, the age of the structure, and whether the dwelling is rental or owner-occupied.

Key requirements at all levels of rehabilitation assistance include occupant protection, use of workers trained in lead-safe work practices, and clearance testing. HUD requires abatement when federal rehabilitation assistance exceeds $25,000 per unit.

Applicable Standards

  • Building Exterior
  • Foundations and Structure
  • Interiors – Smoke, Fire, and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms
  • Plumbing - Drain/Waste/Vent System
  • Space Conditioning – Heating and Cooling
  • Ventilation

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