Safety Saturday is a multimedia resource for home building professionals designed to make safety education more accessible, simple to use, and easier to digest.
Builders and remodelers whose clients are interested in solar power know that there’s a lot more to it than just the installation process. There’s the permitting, confusing rules about financing and incentive programs, and other potential hurdles that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says can add as much as $2,500 to the cost of going solar. Now DOE is stepping up to the plate with the launch of SolSmart, a community designation program intended to fuel the growth of solar power by knocking over these hurdles.
The U.S. Labor Department is considering a reduction on the cap on its proposed overtime salary threshold rate hike from $50,440 to $47,000. This minimal reduction would still amount to a 99% increase from the current overtime salary limit of $23,660.
More than 40 executive officers from home building associations all over the country spent two days in Washington, D.C. this week for NAHB EO Orientation. They’re returning home with new information and a newly formed network of colleagues to share their successes and challenges.
Steady job growth, affordable home prices, attractive mortgage interest rates and pent-up demand will help the housing market continue on a gradual upward trajectory in the year ahead, according to economists who participated in yesterday’s NAHB Spring Construction Forecast Webinar. However, supply-side headwinds led by a shortage of construction lots and labor, along with tight access to acquisition, construction and development loans, continue to hamper a more robust recovery.
The busiest home-buying season of the year is living up to its reputation. Last month, Americans were signing contracts to purchase existing homes at a level that even surprised many economists.
Common sense claimed a victory this week when the National Fish and Wildlife Service determined that it’s “not prudent” to designate any “critical habitat” within the 32-state range of the endangered northern long-eared bat. The decision brings an end to the latest chapter of the fight to save the bat, which has been decimated by reasons having nothing to do with land development and everything to do with the spread of disease in their typical nesting and breeding grounds.
Spring is the time of year when a large number of home owners are highly motivated to cross off a few items from their home improvement to-do lists. This is why the month of May is the ideal time to celebrate National Home Remodeling Month. NAHB has created a toolkit of ready-to-use resources that make it easier than ever for remodelers to promote their industry and their unique services to consumers.