Codes and Regulations

Federal Code Mandates Costly and the Wrong Approach to Boost Energy Efficiency

Federal Code Mandates Costly and the Wrong Approach to Boost Energy Efficiency

NAHB today urged Congress to oppose any federal mandates that require the adoption of more stringent building codes because it would harm housing affordability, prevent healthy competition in the marketplace and may not achieve the intended results.

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Trump Signs Executive Orders to Combat Government Overreach

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on October 11, 2019 0 Comments
Trump Signs Executive Orders to Combat Government Overreach

President Trump this week signed two executive orders that the White House said “will improve the transparency and fairness of government agencies and ensure that they are held accountable.”

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Treasury and FHFA Allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to Boost Capital Reserves

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Housing Finance by on October 1, 2019 0 Comments
Treasury and FHFA Allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to Boost Capital Reserves

The Treasury Department and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) have announced an agreement that temporarily stops the net worth sweep by Treasury of Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s (the Enterprises) profits and allows them to increase their capital reserves to $25 billion and $20 billion respectively.

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Building Codes Vote Coming Soon and NAHB Members Can Help

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on September 27, 2019 3 Comments
Building Codes Vote Coming Soon and NAHB Members Can Help

The International Codes Council will hold its public comment hearings in Las Vegas Oct. 23-30. The hearings will determine which building code proposals will be modified for the final online vote in November. NAHB members can influence which code changes are approved.

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Urge Your Senators to Oppose Portman-Shaheen Energy Bill

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on September 24, 2019 7 Comments
Urge Your Senators to Oppose Portman-Shaheen Energy Bill

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday is expected to consider a bill that will push overly costly and aggressive energy efficiency requirements in model building energy codes, which harms housing affordability.

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Department of Labor Heeds NAHB Concerns in Raising Overtime Threshold

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Labor, Safety and Health by on September 24, 2019 0 Comments
Department of Labor Heeds NAHB Concerns in Raising Overtime Threshold

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a final rule that will raise the overtime salary limit from $455 per week to $684 per week, which is equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker.

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NAHB Builder Urges Congress to Promote Green Initiatives

Filed in Affordability, Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on September 20, 2019 8 Comments
NAHB Builder Urges Congress to Promote Green Initiatives

NAHB told Congress today that it wants to work as a partner with officials at all levels of government to encourage energy efficiency, but also stressed that it is urgent that housing affordability is not jeopardized in the process.

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EPA Repeals Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on September 12, 2019 6 Comments
EPA Repeals Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

In a positive development to resolve years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends, the Environmental Protection Agency today rescinded the Obama-era waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

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NAHB and EPA Leadership Address Key Issues Affecting Housing Affordability

NAHB and EPA Leadership Address Key Issues Affecting Housing Affordability

NAHB’s Senior Officers met with Andrew Wheeler, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, to discuss NAHB’s continued collaboration with the agency on key issues involving the home building industry.

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How Transportation Trends Can Affect the Housing Market

How Transportation Trends Can Affect the Housing Market

Many countries, states and municipalities are now considering EV charging mandates, as infrastructure is needed to facilitate market growth, which may impact what builders are required to include in new homes and developments.

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