Codes and Regulations

Republican Tax Reform Plan Slams Middle Class

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations, Leadership by on November 2, 2017 31 Comments
Republican Tax Reform Plan Slams Middle Class

“The House Republican tax reform plan abandons middle-class taxpayers in favor of high-income Americans and wealthy corporations. The bill eviscerates existing housing tax benefits by drastically reducing the number of home owners who can take advantage of mortgage interest and property tax incentives,” said NAHB chairman Granger MacDonald.

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HUD Announces Waivers for Hurricane Recovery Areas

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Multifamily by on October 27, 2017 0 Comments
HUD Announces Waivers for Hurricane Recovery Areas

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced a package of 19 regulatory and administrative waivers aimed at helping communities accelerate their recovery from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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Say ‘No’ to IAPMO Duct Proposal, NAHB Says

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Design, Technology by on October 26, 2017 3 Comments
Say ‘No’ to IAPMO Duct Proposal, NAHB Says

An upcoming vote could change the Uniform Mechanical Code and add at least $5,000 to the cost of a new home in California and the five other states that would adopt it.

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EPA Administrator, Builders Talk Stormwater Enforcement

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on October 24, 2017 0 Comments
EPA Administrator, Builders Talk Stormwater Enforcement

NAHB members met with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and top EPA regional leaders today to talk about more effective and less complicated Clean Water Act compliance – and ask them to commit to stormwater regulations that protect the environment in a more cost-effective and cooperative manner.

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NAHB Members Tell Federal Regulators How to Define WOTUS

NAHB Members Tell Federal Regulators How to Define WOTUS

As part of a series of outreach meetings held by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, NAHB members Jim McCulley and Jerry Passman joined other small businesses this morning at EPA headquarters to tell federal regulators how to define “waters of the United States” and the limits of federal authority over developers and other private property owners under the Clean Water Act.

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OSHA Issues Interim Guidance for Inspectors as Silica Rule Goes Into Full Effect

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Labor, Safety and Health by on October 23, 2017 1 Comment

Full implementation of the new silica rule began today, Oct 23, and OSHA has now issued additional “interim” enforcement guidance for regional OSHA administrators while a final compliance directive is under review and not yet released.

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Colorado Builders Discuss Regulatory Reform with EPA Administrator

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on October 17, 2017 1 Comment
Colorado Builders Discuss Regulatory Reform with EPA Administrator

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with more than 100 Colorado home builders last week to discuss the housing industry’s key regulatory concerns, including Clean Water Act regulations and the definition of “waters of the United States.”

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Green Standard’s Scope Expands, New Committee Members Wanted

Green Standard’s Scope Expands, New Committee Members Wanted

Home Innovation Research Labs has expanded the scope of the next edition of the National Green Building Standard to include commercial portions of primarily residential buildings and assisted living facilities.

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Eliminate the Dust: Complying With the New Silica Standard

Eliminate the Dust: Complying With the New Silica Standard

A seasoned safety compliance expert explains what home builders need to know regarding the new silica rule and how to avoid fines.

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Lots: Record-High Prices, Record-Low Sizes

Lots: Record-High Prices, Record-Low Sizes

Recent NAHB analysis reveals a changing landscape for lot values and sizes.

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