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NAHB Mourns Associate Leader Jerry Cowan

Filed in Leadership, Membership, NAHB Cares by on August 17, 2017 0 Comments

Gerald “Jerry” Cowan, a longtime and dedicated member from Greensboro, N.C., passed away July 29. Across the NAHB Federation, Mr. Cowan was heralded as someone who was always ready to help, never afraid to reach for a goal, and blessed with a tirelessly encouraging spirit.

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NAHB Remembers Code Official Gilbert Gonzales Jr.

NAHB Remembers Code Official Gilbert Gonzales Jr.

Funeral services will be held Aug. 19 for Gilbert Gonzales Jr., a member of the International Code Council Board of Directors and a home builder’s advocate on building and energy codes.

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Single-Family Starts Hold Steady in July

Filed in Economics, Home Building, Multifamily by on August 16, 2017 0 Comments
Single-Family Starts Hold Steady in July

Nationwide housing starts fell 4.8% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units, according to newly released data from HUD and the Commerce Department. Single-family production slipped 0.5% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 856,000 after a strong, upwardly revised June reading.

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NAHB Mourns Passing of Past President Stanley Waranch

Filed in Leadership by on August 16, 2017 0 Comments
NAHB Mourns Passing of Past President Stanley Waranch

Virginia builder Stanley Waranch, a longtime association leader who served as NAHB’s president in 1972, died Saturday, Aug. 12 after a long illness. Mr. Waranch was 91.

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NAHB Applauds President Trump’s Order Rescinding Overreaching Flood Standard

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Multifamily by on August 15, 2017 0 Comments

In response to the charge led by NAHB and as part of an Executive Order to expedite federal approval for infrastructure projects, President Trump today revoked Obama’s flawed EO 13690 and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

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Builder Confidence Springs Back with 4-Point August Jump

Filed in Economics, Home Building by on August 15, 2017 0 Comments
Builder Confidence Springs Back with 4-Point August Jump

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose four points in August to 68. “Our members are encouraged by rising demand in the new-home market,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “This is due to ongoing job and economic growth, attractive mortgage rates and growing consumer confidence.”

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Feeling Overregulated? Call the SBA Ombudsman

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on August 14, 2017 0 Comments
Feeling Overregulated? Call the SBA Ombudsman

After testifying about overregulation at a Small Business Adminstration roundtable this month, Randy Strauss wants to make sure that home builders don’t have to wait for an invitation to let the feds know when things are a little haywire.

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Legal Action Fund Now Accepting Applications

Filed in Councils & Committees, Legal by on August 14, 2017 0 Comments
Legal Action Fund Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the NAHB Legal Action Fund, which provides financial assistance to state and local HBAs as well as their builder/developer members involved in litigation with the potential to significantly affect the industry.

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EPA Administrator Meets with Dallas Builders

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on August 11, 2017 0 Comments
EPA Administrator Meets with Dallas Builders

A dozen Dallas-area home builders met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday and discussed the overreach of federal regulations regarding what constitutes “waters of the United States.”

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Can I Bury My Ducts in the Attic Insulation?

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Home Building by on August 10, 2017 0 Comments
Can I Bury My Ducts in the Attic Insulation?

Craig Drumheller wanted to know why the ductwork for his home air conditioning system ran through the highest and hottest portion of his attic, making the system work extra hard to keep the conditioned air cool. Why was the practice of burying the ductwork in the attic insulation prohibited in his jurisdiction?

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