Today’s Color Forecast: Rose Quartz with a Chance of Serenity

Filed in Councils & Committees, Design, Housing Trends by on May 23, 2016 0 Comments
Today’s Color Forecast: Rose Quartz with a Chance of Serenity

Pantone broke with tradition to release not one, but two colors of the year in 2016. The Washington Post recently provided a break down of how Pantone developed its “trending colors” forecast. (Hint: it didn’t conduct a consumer poll.)

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New Study Compares Home Building Techniques

New Study Compares Home Building Techniques

The Structural Building Components Association (SBCA) recently announced the results of its 2015 Framing the American Dream (FAD) study. What the researchers found may come as a surprise.

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Safety Saturday: Focus on Swing Fall Hazards

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on May 21, 2016 0 Comments

Safety Saturday is a multimedia resource for home building professionals designed to make safety education more accessible, simple to use, and easier to digest.

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Quick Tips for Recruiting

Filed in Membership Minute by on May 20, 2016 1 Comment
Quick Tips for Recruiting

Nothing is better than a personal story of success. The more excitement and sincerity you share with the prospective member, the more they’ll be able to envision the same success for themselves when they join your HBA.

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Mobile Technology in the Field Gets the Job Done Faster

Filed in Councils & Committees, Membership, Technology by on May 20, 2016 0 Comments
Mobile Technology in the Field Gets the Job Done Faster

David Campbell, a custom home builder from New South Wales, Australia, is a member of the NAHB 20 Clubs program, to which he credits much of his success. Since he joined Club 11 three years ago, his annual profits have increased from around $2.5 million in 2013 to a projected $12 million this year. Campbell also gives credence to a couple of mobile apps he created to make jobsite administrative tasks easier, more efficient and less costly.

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Cantwell, Hatch Introduce Bill to Expand Production of Affordable Housing

Filed in Capitol Hill, Multifamily by on May 19, 2016 2 Comments

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), along with Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) today introduced the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act. The bill would expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) by 50% to help spur the production of much-needed affordable housing.

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Top Code Proposals to Watch For

Top Code Proposals to Watch For

As home builders, code officials and the rest of the industry looks at the current round of proposals for the 2018 editions of the International Code Council’s Residential, Energy Conservation and Fire codes, there’s no time like the present to fight for sensible building practices. Here are the ones to pay special attention to.

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Farmhouse Remodel Blends Southern Charm with Modern Style

Filed in Design, Remodelers by on May 19, 2016 0 Comments
Farmhouse Remodel Blends Southern Charm with Modern Style

A North Carolina farmhouse shows that with the right balance of contemporary design and a respect for history, even a 150-year-old home can be successfully revitalized.

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Court Makes Unusual Move with Clean Power Plan Rule

Court Makes Unusual Move with Clean Power Plan Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit—in an extremely rare and surprising move—announced Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan will go before the full court in September.

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House HUD Funding Bill Contains Key Provision on Flood Executive Order

Filed in Capitol Hill by on May 18, 2016 0 Comments

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) on May 18 approved $38.7 billion for HUD in fiscal year 2017. In a victory for NAHB, the House T-HUD bill contains language that delays HUD from implementing last year’s executive order signed by President Obama that would allow the agency to expand the floodplain well beyond the 100-year floodplain for all HUD programs.

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