Environmental

NAHB Celebrates Energy Efficiency Day

Filed in Environmental by on October 5, 2018 0 Comments
NAHB Celebrates Energy Efficiency Day

Today marks the third annual Energy Efficiency Day, a celebration in which a burgeoning network of advocates, companies, government agencies, utilities and others will showcase the benefits of energy efficiency. For NAHB green builders, it is a great way to celebrate the growing popularity of energy-efficient home construction.

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Supreme Court Hears Members’ Dusky Frog Case

Filed in Environmental, Land Development, Legal by on October 3, 2018 0 Comments
Supreme Court Hears Members’ Dusky Frog Case

The U.S. Supreme Court opened a new term Oct. 1 by hearing oral argument in Weyerhaeuser v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, which involves a clash between two NAHB members and the dusky gopher frog. NAHB has been involved in the case from the start, most recently weighing in with an amicus brief on the merits of the case.

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HBA of Metro Portland’s Home Show Goes Green

HBA of Metro Portland’s Home Show Goes Green

Committed to reducing the carbon footprint of its month-long home show, the HBA collected the cans and bottles from the event, which totaled 8,712 recyclables filling up 132 bags. The association then converted its bounty of bottles and cans into over $800 of cash and donated this money to the local non-profit organization.

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NGBS Certification Vaults Past 150,000-Home Mark

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on September 25, 2018 0 Comments
NGBS Certification Vaults Past 150,000-Home Mark

The National Green Building Standard Certification Program has reached an important milestone with the certification of the 150,000th home to meet its requirements – and there are an additional 120,000 projects in the pipeline.

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Conference Offers Advanced Education on Land Development Issues

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Land Development by on September 24, 2018 0 Comments
Conference Offers Advanced Education on Land Development Issues

Registration is now open for the 2018 LANDS Housing Law CLE Roundtable & Workshop, NAHB’s annual continuing legal education program on land-use issues impacting the industry. The event takes place at the National Housing Center, NAHB’s headquarters.

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NAHB Recommends WOTUS Definition to OMB

Filed in Environmental by on September 14, 2018 2 Comments
NAHB Recommends WOTUS Definition to OMB

HBA of Delaware President Jim McCulley and NAHB environmentalists met this week with the White House Office of Management and Budget staff to discuss how to define “waters of the United States” in advance of the Trump administration’s proposed rule.

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NAHB Weighs in as EPA Considers Changes to its Regulatory Development Process

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on August 24, 2018 2 Comments
NAHB Weighs in as EPA Considers Changes to its Regulatory Development Process

NAHB is encouraging EPA, when developing regulations, to make all data underlying the regulatory action publicly available and to present information on costs and benefits of the rule in a clear and consistent method for public review. 

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EPA Seeks Comments on Proposed Lead Regulations

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on August 22, 2018 0 Comments
EPA Seeks Comments on Proposed Lead Regulations

NAHB submitted comments to EPA last week in response to a proposed rule regarding the Review of Dust-Lead Hazard Standards and Definition of Lead-Based Paint.

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Legal Morass Muddies the Waters on the WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on August 20, 2018 1 Comment
Legal Morass Muddies the Waters on the WOTUS Rule

A recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for South Carolina means that for the foreseeable future, roughly half of U.S. states will be abiding by one set of rules pertaining to waters of the United States while the rest will abide by different rules.

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Green Builders Prepare for HERS Amendment Putting Smaller Homes on Even Ground

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on August 16, 2018 1 Comment
Green Builders Prepare for HERS Amendment Putting Smaller Homes on Even Ground

The green building sector is getting ready for the Jan. 1, 2019 deadline for all HERS raters to use an amendment that puts smaller homes on a level playing field.

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