Codes and Regulations
In this new partnership, RESNET’s database of HERS-rated homes will be available to the Appraisal Institute in states where the rating system is prevalent. The HERS score will be added as a green building certification, similar to the ICC-ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard.
Now that President Trump has ordered an extensive review of the “waters of the United States” definitions in the Clean Water Act, many NAHB members have questions about how this executive order changes the stormwater and wetlands permitting processes they have been following all along – and what the next steps are. Here’s a few answers.
Even as home builders await the publication this fall of the 2018 model building codes, The International Code Council has announced its Call for Code Development Committee members for the 2018/2019 cycles. NAHB is inviting members of the Federation to represent us.
In a victory for home builders and other members of the small business community, the House on March 1 approved H.J. Res. 83, legislation that would overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recordkeeping rule known as the Volks rule.
NAHB Chair Granger MacDonald issued the following statement regarding the joint resolution of disapproval introduced in the House today.
Weeks after announcing a freeze on new or recent regulations, the White House has granted a waiver to the Environmental Protection Agency for the 2017 Construction General Permit, cementing for now troublesome language that can hold a builder responsible when other builders in the same development violate the law.
Many lawmakers and community officials continue to turn to inclusionary zoning as a seemingly quick and easy plan to adopt and impose on the housing industry. However, new research confirms that multiple strategies are needed to close the financing gap and make projects viable. NAHB recently compiled additional resources to help builders and land developers address some of their most pressing industry concerns related to impact fees and affordability—highlighting alternative approaches that produced positive results.
Last week, NAHB urged the White House to exclude the recently reissued Clean Water Act nationwide wetland permits from a regulatory “freeze” — and the White House paid attention.