Codes and Regulations

Attention Regulators: Listen to Small Businesses

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on March 29, 2017 1 Comment
Attention Regulators: Listen to Small Businesses

NAHB today called on Congress to work with federal regulators to fix the regulatory rulemaking process by ensuring that effects on small businesses are a primary focus for existing and future regulations.

Testifying before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, NAHB First Vice Chairman Randy Noel told lawmakers that builders must navigate an ever-increasing tangle of regulations.

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NAHB Officers Discuss Key Regulatory Issues with EPA Administrator

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on March 29, 2017 0 Comments
NAHB Officers Discuss Key Regulatory Issues with EPA Administrator

NAHB senior officers held a productive meeting with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt today to seek ways to make regulations more cost-effective without undermining their intent.

Discussions focused on several important environmental regulatory issues of importance to the home building community, including the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, the lead paint rule and stormwater regulation.

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Trump Issues Executive Order to Roll Back Clean Power Plan Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on March 28, 2017 0 Comments
Trump Issues Executive Order to Roll Back Clean Power Plan Rule

President Trump today signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to replace or rework the controversial Clean Power Plan rule, which requires states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants located within their borders.

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Energy Star Cuts Among Trump’s Proposals

President Trump has released a proposed budget that includes cuts to a number of programs run by the Environmental Protection Agency – including the popular Energy Star certification program for new and remodeled homes and many home appliances.

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100,000th Home Certified to National Green Building Standard

100,000th Home Certified to National Green Building Standard

The National Green Building Standard Green Certification Program has reached a major milestone with certification of the 100,000th home to meet its requirements.

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Solar: Not for Everyone

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Design, Environmental by on March 23, 2017 0 Comments
Solar: Not for Everyone

The solar panel industry and efficiency advocates have not backed off their efforts to require all new homes to be “solar-ready.” NAHB supports solar, but no mandates that give buyers no say in the matter even when solar doesn’t work for them.

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Congress Strikes Down OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on March 22, 2017 4 Comments
Congress Strikes Down OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

In a victory for NAHB and the small business community, the Senate today passed legislation approved by the House earlier this month that will overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) clarification to its Volks recordkeeping rule.

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If You Drill It, Fill It

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on March 20, 2017 0 Comments
If You Drill It, Fill It

The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code includes more stringent requirements regarding how tight a house needs to be. The Insulation Institute explains what these new air leakage standards mean and offers steps to help comply in this blog post.

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Builders Rank the Most, Least Popular Green Practices

Builders Rank the Most, Least Popular Green Practices

Energy efficiency is the name of the game for both home building and home buying. Results from a recent NAHB survey show which green building techniques are getting the most love.

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New ‘Water Rating Index’ Guidelines Open for Comments

New ‘Water Rating Index’ Guidelines Open for Comments

RESNET and the International Code Council are debuting a draft the WER Index. It will rate a home’s efficiency in water use in the same way that the HERS index measures a property’s energy efficiency. A March 15 webinra explains it all.

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