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NGBS Development in Full Swing

NGBS Development in Full Swing

The International Code Council and NAHB, partners on the first edition of the standard in 2008, are working to update the nationally recognized rating system that will now have an expanded scope.

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Massachusetts Builders, NAHB Rein in a Federal Land Grab

Massachusetts Builders, NAHB Rein in a Federal Land Grab

Last summer, the Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule that would have illegally expanded Clean Water Act jurisdiction to include 900,000 acres of dry land in Massachusetts. NAHB and the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts have nipped it in the bud.

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DOE’s Solution Center: A Builder’s Best Friend

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on November 7, 2017 0 Comments
DOE’s Solution Center: A Builder’s Best Friend

Like adding a building scientist to your staff, the Building America Solution Center gives you easy-to-access best practices for new and existing home construction. The Solution Center is a free website tool sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Building America program that contains information on hundreds of topics ranging from air sealing and insulation to HVAC, windows, indoor air quality and much more.

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EPA Administrator, Builders Talk Stormwater Enforcement

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on October 24, 2017 0 Comments
EPA Administrator, Builders Talk Stormwater Enforcement

NAHB members met with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and top EPA regional leaders today to talk about more effective and less complicated Clean Water Act compliance – and ask them to commit to stormwater regulations that protect the environment in a more cost-effective and cooperative manner.

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NAHB Members Tell Federal Regulators How to Define WOTUS

NAHB Members Tell Federal Regulators How to Define WOTUS

As part of a series of outreach meetings held by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, NAHB members Jim McCulley and Jerry Passman joined other small businesses this morning at EPA headquarters to tell federal regulators how to define “waters of the United States” and the limits of federal authority over developers and other private property owners under the Clean Water Act.

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Colorado Builders Discuss Regulatory Reform with EPA Administrator

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on October 17, 2017 1 Comment
Colorado Builders Discuss Regulatory Reform with EPA Administrator

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with more than 100 Colorado home builders last week to discuss the housing industry’s key regulatory concerns, including Clean Water Act regulations and the definition of “waters of the United States.”

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Green Standard’s Scope Expands, New Committee Members Wanted

Green Standard’s Scope Expands, New Committee Members Wanted

Home Innovation Research Labs has expanded the scope of the next edition of the National Green Building Standard to include commercial portions of primarily residential buildings and assisted living facilities.

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Supreme Court Hears WOTUS Arguments

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on October 11, 2017 0 Comments
Supreme Court Hears WOTUS Arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument today on one issue that has arisen under the Obama Administration’s 2015 definition of the term “waters of the United States” — commonly called the WOTUS rule.

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EPA Relaunches Smart Sectors Program to Collaborate with Industry

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on October 4, 2017 1 Comment
EPA Relaunches Smart Sectors Program to Collaborate with Industry

NAHB joined EPA officials in Washington on Wednesday as the agency relaunched its Smart Sectors program, a business community partnership to develop sensible regulations while protecting the environment and public health.

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NAHB Student Chapter Prepares for Solar Decathlon

Filed in Environmental, Student Chapters by on September 28, 2017 0 Comments
NAHB Student Chapter Prepares for Solar Decathlon

The contestants will be judged on water use strategies; smart energy use; market potential; cost-effective design; and more.

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