Environmental

NAHB Applauds President Trump’s Order Rescinding Overreaching Flood Standard

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Multifamily by on August 15, 2017 0 Comments

In response to the charge led by NAHB and as part of an Executive Order to expedite federal approval for infrastructure projects, President Trump today revoked Obama’s flawed EO 13690 and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

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EPA Administrator Meets with Dallas Builders

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on August 11, 2017 0 Comments
EPA Administrator Meets with Dallas Builders

A dozen Dallas-area home builders met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday and discussed the overreach of federal regulations regarding what constitutes “waters of the United States.”

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Solar Mandate in South Miami Raises Concerns

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on July 25, 2017 5 Comments
Solar Mandate in South Miami Raises Concerns

South Miami’s mandate for new homes and major home renovations to include solar panels is casting a long shadow for builders in the Sunshine State. “We definitely value renewable energy, but we want these measures to be voluntary,” said Truly Burton, executive vice president of the Builders Association of South Florida.

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EPA Formally Withdraws National Post-Construction Rule

EPA Formally Withdraws National Post-Construction Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced that long-awaited federal regulations to require all developers to install stormwater management devices have been jettisoned.

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Updated Tool Can Mean More Accurate Appraisals on Green Homes

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Design, Environmental by on July 20, 2017 1 Comment
Updated Tool Can Mean More Accurate Appraisals on Green Homes

Green builders continue to struggle getting their homes appraised at a high enough value, but an updated tool offers some reprieve. The Appraisal Institute’s Residential Green and Energy Efficiency Addendum lets builders easily note the green features included in their homes, including certifications such as the National Green Building Standard

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NAHB, Municipal Challenges Put Massachusetts Stormwater Permit on Hold

Filed in Environmental, Land Development, Legal by on July 19, 2017 0 Comments
NAHB, Municipal Challenges Put Massachusetts Stormwater Permit on Hold

The Massachusetts permit, as well as a nearly identical permit released by EPA in New Hampshire, includes new requirements for land-use controls for post-construction discharges. NAHB, along with several municipal groups, challenged both permits this year because of concern over new requirements, including the issue of federal overreach in the stormwater program.

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Feds Award New Residential Energy Efficiency Projects

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on July 17, 2017 0 Comments
Feds Award New Residential Energy Efficiency Projects

With the goal of reducing energy use in both new and existing homes, the Department of Energy is awarding more than $3 million in grants through its Building America program partners, including the Home Innovation Research Labs, NAHB’s research arm.

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WOTUS Rule Definitions on the Way Out

Filed in Environmental, Land Development by on June 27, 2017 4 Comments
WOTUS Rule Definitions on the Way Out

The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers today proposed to replace the 2015 definition of the term “waters of the United States” (the Clean Water Rule) with the 1986 text.

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Rep. Westerman’s Forestry Bill a ‘Win-Win-Win,’ NAHB Tells Congress

Rep. Westerman’s Forestry Bill a ‘Win-Win-Win,’ NAHB Tells Congress

A draft legislative proposal by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) would encourage better management of the nation’s federal forest natural resources while also ensuring the continued recovery of the housing industry, NAHB told Congress Thursday.

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Zero-Energy Builders Tell All

Filed in Design, Environmental, Home Building by on June 9, 2017 2 Comments
Zero-Energy Builders Tell All

It’s one thing to listen to outside experts about how to create a successful business niche or even corner the market by building zero energy ready homes. It’s another thing to hear it from the horse’s – or the home builder’s, mouth.

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