Codes and Regulations

Home Appraisals to Include HERS Scores

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on March 6, 2017 7 Comments
Home Appraisals to Include HERS Scores

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.

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WOTUS: What’s Next

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on March 3, 2017 2 Comments
WOTUS: What’s Next

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.

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ICC Seeks Volunteers to Help Develop Codes

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Leadership by on March 3, 2017 0 Comments
ICC Seeks Volunteers to Help Develop Codes

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.

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House Votes to Overturn OSHA Recordkeeping Clarification Rule

House Votes to Overturn OSHA Recordkeeping Clarification Rule

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.

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NAHB Applauds Trump as WOTUS Rollback Begins

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on February 28, 2017 15 Comments
NAHB Applauds Trump as WOTUS Rollback Begins

President Donald Trump today honored a campaign promise made to home builders as he signed an executive order directing EPA to repeal and replace the controversial “waters of the United States” rule.

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Congress Moves to Overturn OSHA Recordkeeping Clarification Rule

NAHB Chair Granger MacDonald issued the following statement regarding the joint resolution of disapproval introduced in the House today.

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NAHB Leader Named to NIBS Board

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Leadership by on February 21, 2017 0 Comments

The National Institute of Building Sciences has named Michigan home builder and NAHB board member Don Pratt to a three-year term on its board of directors.

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New CGP Takes Effect Today

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on February 16, 2017 0 Comments
New CGP Takes Effect 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.

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Impact Fees Raising Concerns About Affordability

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Design, Land Development by on February 15, 2017 1 Comment
Impact Fees Raising Concerns About Affordability

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.

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White House ‘Unfreezes’ Streamlined Wetlands Permits

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Land Development by on February 10, 2017 1 Comment
White House ‘Unfreezes’ Streamlined Wetlands Permits

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.

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