Environmental

FEMA Defers Implementation of New Flood Insurance Risk Rating System

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on November 7, 2019 2 Comments
FEMA Defers Implementation of New Flood Insurance Risk Rating System

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today it was deferring implementation of its new flood insurance risk rating program by one year until Oct. 1, 2021.

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VA Accepts NAHB Revisions on Radon Mitigation Requirements

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on October 23, 2019 6 Comments
VA Accepts NAHB Revisions on Radon Mitigation Requirements

In a victory for NAHB, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has accepted our suggested revisions and clarifications regarding a builder’s certification requirements for radon gas mitigation on properties located in Zone 1 counties, which have the highest potential radon levels.

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Federal Code Mandates Costly and the Wrong Approach to Boost Energy Efficiency

Federal Code Mandates Costly and the Wrong Approach to Boost Energy Efficiency

NAHB today urged Congress to oppose any federal mandates that require the adoption of more stringent building codes because it would harm housing affordability, prevent healthy competition in the marketplace and may not achieve the intended results.

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EPA Repeals Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on September 12, 2019 6 Comments
EPA Repeals Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

In a positive development to resolve years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends, the Environmental Protection Agency today rescinded the Obama-era waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

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NAHB and EPA Leadership Address Key Issues Affecting Housing Affordability

NAHB and EPA Leadership Address Key Issues Affecting Housing Affordability

NAHB’s Senior Officers met with Andrew Wheeler, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, to discuss NAHB’s continued collaboration with the agency on key issues involving the home building industry.

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Georgia Judge Sinks Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on August 22, 2019 4 Comments
Georgia Judge Sinks Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

In an important win for NAHB and the housing community, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia recently filed a carefully worded 85-page decision that dismantles the Obama-era 2015 waters of the U.S. rule. This is the first court to find that the substance of the 2015 rule violates the Clean Water Act.

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Final ESA Rules will Streamline the Permitting Process

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on August 12, 2019 3 Comments
Final ESA Rules will Streamline the Permitting Process

In a victory for NAHB, the Trump administration today released final rules updating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 Consultation requirements and new regulations governing the designation of critical habitat that will improve the overall efficiency of the ESA’s permitting process and make compliance less onerous for home builders and developers.

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New FEMA Risk Rating 2.0 to Determine Flood Insurance Rates

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on July 18, 2019 0 Comments
New FEMA Risk Rating 2.0 to Determine Flood Insurance Rates

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which oversees and implements the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), has initiated a long-term effort to transform the program to make it more consumer friendly and better reflect the actual risks properties face.

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Louisiana Landowners Score Property Rights Win in Dusky Gopher Frog Case

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on July 11, 2019 0 Comments
Louisiana Landowners Score Property Rights Win in Dusky Gopher Frog Case

In a victory for property rights, a Louisiana family earlier this month reached a settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in which the federal government agreed to drop its efforts to designate a critical habitat designation for the dusky gopher frog on their land.

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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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