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OSHA Suspends Rule Requiring Electronic Reporting of Injuries

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on May 19, 2017 0 Comments
OSHA Suspends Rule Requiring Electronic Reporting of Injuries

Thanks, in large part, to the efforts of NAHB and other industry groups that challenged the “unlawful and arbitrary” rule, OSHA has proposed the July 1 deadline be suspended until further notice.

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Slow but Steady Growth for Housing

Filed in Economics by on May 19, 2017 0 Comments
Slow but Steady Growth for Housing

NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz provides a brief overview of the housing market in the latest issue of Eye on the Economy.

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Husband and Wife Remodelers Avoid Management Pitfalls

Husband and Wife Remodelers Avoid Management Pitfalls

Agreeing on whose turn it is to fold the laundry is one thing. Becoming business partners with your life partner is a whole new level of teamwork. Maya and Len Bogh, co-owners of Great Northern Builders, Inc. in South Berwick, Maine, describe their working dynamic as one that has evolved throughout their 12-year marriage. They also feel more poised with their business management efforts as a result of networking with the right experts.

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Let This Safety Video Do Most of the Talking for You

Before the week is through, builders are encouraged to dedicate at least 10-15 minutes to speak with their crews on-site and reinforce the importance of fall protection. NAHB helped make this an easy task by creating a brief “Toolbox Talk” video on ladder safety.

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Big Savings from Better Codes

Big Savings from Better Codes

In 2016, NAHB led countless efforts that successfully removed or excluded unnecessary measures from building codes—provisions that would have greatly increased builder costs and ultimately, impacted housing affordability.

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How to Protect Your No. 1 Investment

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on May 8, 2017 0 Comments
How to Protect Your No. 1 Investment

Ensuring the safety of your employees is an investment that pays off. From May 8-12, thousands of construction companies and other businesses will be raising awareness about fall prevention by participating in the fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down. Builders are asked to stop work for at least 15 minutes during any day this week to talk directly with their workers about fall hazards and to reinforce the importance of fall protection on the jobsite.

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Tight Inventory, Rising Costs Shape Building Industry

Filed in Construction Industry, Economics by on May 5, 2017 0 Comments
Tight Inventory, Rising Costs Shape Building Industry

A strong month for home sales in March reinforced the trend of positive housing demand. However, builders continue reporting scarce availability of labor and lots. And the recently announced 20% tariff on Canadian softwood lumber could have a significant, negative impact.

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NAHB Urges EPA to Reevaluate Cost-Benefit Analysis of RRP Rule

NAHB Urges EPA to Reevaluate Cost-Benefit Analysis of RRP Rule

During an EPA hearing on Tuesday, former NAHB Remodelers Chairman Bob Hanbury, CGR, a remodeler from Newington, Conn., asked the agency to reconsider the costs of complying with the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.

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Distracted Driving a Concern for Everyone, Including Builders

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on April 28, 2017 1 Comment
Distracted Driving a Concern for Everyone, Including Builders

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and NAHB is encouraging builders and contractors to learn more about their liability and identify ways they can better educate their employees. NAHB compiled a report that lists several guidelines for an employer to consider when drafting a distracted driving policy.

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How to Get on the Road to Profitability

Filed in Business Management, Education by on April 27, 2017 0 Comments
How to Get on the Road to Profitability

Managing your building or remodeling business’ finances is much more than financial tracking. You have to be able to answer several specific questions, many of which will be covered in an upcoming business accounting webinar.

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