By Hannah Wallace June 1, 2010


MyGreenBuildings, the Tampa Bay Area’s leader in green construction, offers information and services regarding new laws for construction and renovation. Lead-based paint has been used for hundreds of years because it’s durable and produces vivid colors. But when it deteriorates or is disturbed during construction, it contaminates the environment with lead. Lead has been found to be a serious health hazard, and lead-based paint was banned in 1978.

But most buildings built prior to 1978 still contain the old lead-based paint. When these buildings are renovated or repaired, hazardous levels of lead often contaminate the dust that is generated by the construction. This lead-contaminated dust is especially toxic to children, pregnant women and animals, as well as the construction workers who spend significant time around the dust.


Because of this health hazard, the EPA has mandated new regulations governing how renovations and repairs are to be conducted in homes, schools and childcare facilities built prior to 1978. As of April 2010, federal law requires contractors to be trained and certified by the EPA before performing work where lead based paint is present. Fines of $32,500 can be cited for not complying with this regulation.

MyGreenBuildings now has EPA-trained and certified renovators on staff.  If you’re planning to renovate or have repairs done on your building and want to find out if the new EPA regulations apply, contact MyGreenBuildings at (941)366-7280. 



Make your home comfortable and tropically elegant both indoors and out with East Indies Home and Patio. The new Outdoor Living Collection features all-weather Resin Wicker designs, hand-woven by traditional methods in new, super-durable materials, with a selection of new seating and dining options. You can mix chic design elements with easy-care technology.


Beautiful, durable lanai furnishings from East Indies Home.

The East Indies collection offers a selection of sleek, resort-style chaises, comfortable deep-seated modular sofa sets, cozy club chairs, side tables and coordinating dining sets—all boasting cushions with quick-dry foam and Sunbrella fabric.  Accent your patio with pillows available in lime, pool blue, papaya and stone.

 While presenting a stylish alternative to traditional patio furniture, these sleek styles are made with all-weather wicker that resists the sun damage and other harmful effects from the Suncoast’s climate. All of the coordinating pieces are constructed on powder-coated aluminum frames to prevent corrosion.

Easy care, high style—the new look from East Indies Home and Patio, your answer to elegant outdoor living.  



Home Resource, the Gulf Coast’s leading contemporary furniture showroom, boasts more than 7,000 square feet of showroom space. Design products from Knoll, Herman Miller, Vitra, Adriana Hoyos, Kartell, Missoni Home, Dileto, and many other brands are on display and joined by excellent American brands such as Thayer Coggin, Dellarobbia, Copeland, John Charles, and others. The Home Resource showroom is filled with furniture, rugs, artwork, accessories and lighting.  


The newest addition to the showroom is the award-winning outdoor furniture products from Janus et Cie and Dedon. The showroom displays some of the classic pieces such as the Hemisphere by Dedon, the Yoda chair by Kenneth Cobonpue and the newest releases by Janus like the Forest armchair and the Verso Arco Chaise Lounge, which won the 2009 Good Design Award bestowed by Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.


Design services are available.  Visit us at 741 Central Ave., in the historic Rosemary District of downtown Sarasota. 941-366-6690 or   


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