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Achieving Housing Resilience Through Retrofits

Achieving Housing Resilience Through Retrofits

NAHB’s Construction Technology Research Subcommittee worked with Home Innovation Research Labs to develop a series of two-page guidelines illustrating techniques for retrofitting existing homes to improve their performance against natural hazards.

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NAHB Moves Swiftly to Advance Cause of Fair Housing

Filed in Codes and Standards, Housing Affordability by on July 31, 2020 5 Comments
NAHB Moves Swiftly to Advance Cause of Fair Housing

President Trump tweeted comments on repealing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule earlier this week that caused concern within the housing community. While NAHB cannot excuse the remarks that were made by the president, NAHB moved into action by reaching out to the White House and succeeded in getting the administration to agree to a meeting.

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HUD Secretary Carson Terminates Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

Filed in Codes and Standards by on July 23, 2020 6 Comments
HUD Secretary Carson Terminates Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced that HUD will terminate the Obama-era Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation issued in 2015.

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How Stringent Design Regulations Restrict Housing Affordability and Choice

How Stringent Design Regulations Restrict Housing Affordability and Choice

Housing affordability has long been at the forefront of housing policy and attention. Recent land use trends provide additional development methods to make the residential development and regulation process more efficient, but some localities are moving in the opposite direction by enacting burdensome residential design standards that go well past good design principles. NAHB’s Residential Design Standards: How Stringent Regulations Restrict Affordability and Choice report addresses this issue and explores other alternatives.

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HBA Wins Injunction on Impact Fees with Help from NAHB Legal Action Fund

Filed in Codes and Standards, Legal by on July 13, 2020 0 Comments
HBA Wins Injunction on Impact Fees with Help from NAHB Legal Action Fund

Before the ink could dry on their Legal Action Fund Grant approval, the HBA of West Florida claimed a victory in Florida State Court, winning an injunction to temporarily stop a county from collecting educational impact fees imposed on new home building.

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How to Strengthen Homes Against High Winds

How to Strengthen Homes Against High Winds

Homes built to the International Residential Code® (IRC®) perform well in high-wind events. However, by focusing on additional strategies to strengthen the roof and provide a continuous load path through the structure to the foundation, builders can provide consumers in areas at high risk of tornadoes and intense hurricanes with homes that will perform even better than a code-compliant home, potentially allowing consumers to remain in their home after a severe storm event and reducing repair costs.

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Supreme Court Opinion Allows CFPB to Keep Operating; President Can Remove the Director

Filed in Codes and Standards, Legal by on June 29, 2020 0 Comments
Supreme Court Opinion Allows CFPB to Keep Operating; President Can Remove the Director

In a ruling that will avoid disruptions to the nation’s mortgage and lending markets, the Supreme Court ruled today that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) can continue operating but the president has the authority to remove the director “at will.”

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NAHB Leaders Call on Treasury Secretary to Expand PPP Eligibility for Builders

Filed in Codes and Standards, Disaster Response by on June 26, 2020 1 Comment
NAHB Leaders Call on Treasury Secretary to Expand PPP Eligibility for Builders

NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke and CEO Jerry Howard held a virtual discussion with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin today and urged the secretary to expand eligibility under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to allow more workers in the residential construction sector to access the loan program.

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CFPB Proposes Two Rules to Address GSE Patch

Filed in Codes and Standards, Housing Finance by on June 22, 2020 0 Comments
CFPB Proposes Two Rules to Address GSE Patch

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued two rulemaking proposals today to address the Government-Sponsored Enterprises patch (GSE Patch) for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that is set to expire in January 2021 or when Fannie and Freddie exit conservatorship, whichever comes first.

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New WOTUS Rule Becomes Effective Today

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on June 22, 2020 1 Comment
New WOTUS Rule Becomes Effective Today

The “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” (NWPR), which is the Trump Administration’s new definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), becomes effective today in every state except Colorado.

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