In a victory for NAHB, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has accepted our suggested revisions and clarifications regarding a builder’s certification requirements for radon gas mitigation on properties located in Zone 1 counties, which have the highest potential radon levels.
On March 28, 2019, the VA made substantive revisions to its Lenders Handbook (VA Pamphlet 26-7) regarding minimum property requirements for newly constructed homes. As a result of these revisions, NAHB received numerous calls and emails from concerned members and home builder associations (HBAs) across the country requesting an explanation and clarification of these requirements.
Specifically, the changes that caused confusion involved the builder’s certification requirements for radon gas mitigation. These changes, which were made with no advance notice and became effective immediately, implied that builders would be responsible for radon mitigation efforts on properties constructed outside of Zone 1 counties, where the potential for radon is greatly diminished.
In response to the concerns received from members and HBAs, NAHB sent a letter to the VA requesting the agency to clarify that radon mitigation requirements are necessary only on those properties built in areas marked as Zone 1 as designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
As a result of our letter and collaboration with the VA, the agency accepted our suggested revisions and clarified that radon mitigation requirements are necessary only on properties built in areas marked as Zone 1. Moreover, the revision clarified that the builder is only required to meet local or state building codes for radon control in Zone 1 areas.
A link to the VA Lenders Handbook, Chapter 12, explaining the revision can be found here
For more information, contact Curtis Milton
at 800-368-5242 x8597.