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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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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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Fresh Air Design Options for Post-COVID-19 Market

Filed in Design, Disaster Response, Environment by on June 15, 2020 2 Comments
Fresh Air Design Options for Post-COVID-19 Market

While the pandemic has upended many things, enjoying the outdoors doesn’t need to be one of them. Whether a leafy home in the suburbs or a large apartment building in the city, there are many ways to design outdoor areas to expand living spaces for health, relaxation and recreation.

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New NGBS Offers Remodelers a Roadmap for High-Performance Projects

New NGBS Offers Remodelers a Roadmap for High-Performance Projects

Remodelers who use green-building techniques will be better positioned to meet the growing demand for improving a home’s energy efficiency. The new ICC 700-2020 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) provides a roadmap to guide the design and construction of high-performance projects

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EPA Extends Comment Period on Transparency Proposal

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on April 30, 2020 0 Comments
EPA Extends Comment Period on Transparency Proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 18 issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPR) to the proposed rule, “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” When finalized, the EPA says the proposal is intended to ensure “that all important studies underlying significant regulatory actions at the EPA, regardless of their source, are available for a transparent review by qualified scientists.”

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FEMA Releases Flood Insurance Advocate Annual Report

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on April 29, 2020 0 Comments
FEMA Releases Flood Insurance Advocate Annual Report

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on April 21 released the 2019 Annual Report from the Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate. The report examines and makes recommendations on policyholder and property owner concerns or frustrations with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

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Banking Agency Issues Guidance on Flood Insurance

Banking Agency Issues Guidance on Flood Insurance

On April 15, 2020, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a statement in response to FEMA extending the grace period for renewing flood insurance policies. The statement provides guidance to the financial institutions it regulates, and addresses conflicts between the FEMA rule and banking agency flood insurance rules.

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Supreme Court Decision a Win for Builders in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

Filed in Environment, Legal, Membership by on April 27, 2020 0 Comments
Supreme Court Decision a Win for Builders in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

In a victory for NAHB and home builders, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 3 rendered a 6-3 decision in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund. The case concerns whether pollutants that enter groundwater — and then reach navigable waters — are regulated under the Clean Water Act.

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EPA Proposes to Retain NAAQS for Particulate Matter

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on April 21, 2020 0 Comments
EPA Proposes to Retain NAAQS for Particulate Matter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 14 announced its proposal to retain, without changes, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM) including both fine particles (PM2.5) and coarse particles (PM10). 

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Timeline Begins for Implementation of Trump WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on April 21, 2020 0 Comments
Timeline Begins for Implementation of Trump WOTUS Rule

The Federal Register today published the final “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” (NWPR), which is the Trump Administration’s new definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). Publication of the rule starts a 60-day timeline, after which the NWPR will become effective across the country.

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