Codes and Regulations

EPA Repeals Clean Power Plan

EPA Repeals Clean Power Plan

On Wednesday, June 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its repeal of an Obama administration greenhouse gas rule for power plants and adopted a new regulation in its place. The new rule will not adversely involve the housing industry.

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NAHB Sees Success in Current Code Development Cycle

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on June 21, 2019 0 Comments
NAHB Sees Success in Current Code Development Cycle

Thanks in large part to NAHB members and their tireless efforts to educate codes officials, none of the 26 high-priority code change proposals opposed by NAHB passed the first stage of International Code Council (ICC) I-Code development.

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Lead-based Paint Not a Focus of New EPA Compliance Initiatives

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on June 20, 2019 1 Comment
Lead-based Paint Not a Focus of New EPA Compliance Initiatives

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released new national compliance initiatives that focus on six priority areas, which do not include lead exposure. Based on recommendations from NAHB, rather than develop a new enforcement initiative, the EPA will instead focus on implementing the Federal Lead Action Plan.

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Why Builders Should Attend the National Energy Codes Conference

Why Builders Should Attend the National Energy Codes Conference

Although the National Energy Codes Conference may seem like it’s just for policymakers and code officials, it is far from that. The intimate environment of this year’s approximately 250-person conference brought together a range of stakeholders, which allowed for authentic discussions about how codes affect those in the building industry and how federal resources can be used to effectively solve local issues related to implementation and enforcement.

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New Stormwater Construction General Permit Addresses NAHB’s Concerns

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on June 4, 2019 3 Comments
New Stormwater Construction General Permit Addresses NAHB’s Concerns

In a big win for builders, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 28 modified its stormwater construction general permit (CGP) to address several of NAHB’s concerns.

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Court Sends WOTUS Rule Back to the EPA

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on May 29, 2019 1 Comment
Court Sends WOTUS Rule Back to the EPA

In a victory for NAHB and home builders across the nation, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas declared that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the Administrative Procedure Act when drafting the Obama-era “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule in 2015.

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Disaster Preparedness Must Focus on Upgrading Older Homes and Infrastructure

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on May 22, 2019 1 Comment
Disaster Preparedness Must Focus on Upgrading Older Homes and Infrastructure

NAHB today called on Congress to focus on improving the older homes, structures and infrastructure that are less resilient to natural disasters because they were built when there were no national model codes in existence or constructed following codes that are now outdated.

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NAHB Supports Building Safety Month with International Code Council

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on May 22, 2019 0 Comments
NAHB Supports Building Safety Month with International Code Council

Building codes can have a profound impact on the comfort and safety of residents as well as the cost of construction and the cost of operating the home. NAHB can help its members work toward cost-effective and safe codes.

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DOJ Files Fair Housing Act Case Against 82 Multifamily Properties

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Legal by on May 20, 2019 0 Comments
DOJ Files Fair Housing Act Case Against 82 Multifamily Properties

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a broad, sweeping lawsuit against 82 multifamily properties spread across 13 states involving more than 3,000 housing units.

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Dusky Gopher Frog Case Lives On

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Legal by on May 16, 2019 4 Comments
Dusky Gopher Frog Case Lives On

Even though the case was resolved with a unanimous Supreme Court decision, the central issue — the definition of “habitat” — is still up in the air, and NAHB is still involved.

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