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New CGP Takes Effect Today

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on February 16, 2017 0 Comments
New CGP Takes Effect Today

Weeks after announcing a freeze on new or recent regulations, the White House has granted a waiver to the Environmental Protection Agency for the 2017 Construction General Permit, cementing for now troublesome language that can hold a builder responsible when other builders in the same development violate the law.

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White House ‘Unfreezes’ Streamlined Wetlands Permits

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Land Development by on February 10, 2017 1 Comment
White House ‘Unfreezes’ Streamlined Wetlands Permits

Last week, NAHB urged the White House to exclude the recently reissued Clean Water Act nationwide wetland permits from a regulatory “freeze” — and the White House paid attention.

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3,000 Green Homes Certified to South Carolina’s CHiP Program

Filed in Environmental, Leadership by on February 7, 2017 0 Comments
3,000 Green Homes Certified to South Carolina’s CHiP Program

The Building Industry of Central South Carolina’s Certified High Performance (CHiP) Home Program hit a milestone in January when it certified the 3,000th home to meet its requirements.

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NAHB Urges White House to Ensure Streamlined Wetland Permits Remain Available

NAHB Urges White House to Ensure Streamlined Wetland Permits Remain Available

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memo directing federal agencies to withdraw or postpone – by a minimum of 60 days — recently finalized regulations on Jan. 20. NAHB wants to ensure this action doesn’t make it harder for builders to get a wetlands permit.

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Wanted: 2018 NGBS Consensus Committee Members

Green home builders, remodelers and designers and others sustainability enthusiasts are encouraged to apply to the committee that will develop the 2018 version of the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard .

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Liberty Pass: An Affordable Green Community for Veterans

Filed in Awards, Design, Environmental by on February 1, 2017 1 Comment
Liberty Pass: An Affordable Green Community for Veterans

Builders at the Pinnacle Housing Group had several goals in mind when they started the Liberty Pass project in Selma, Texas. They wanted returning veterans to have a place to live that was comfortable, affordable and sustainable. They succeeded on all fronts.

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NAHB Again Challenges Clean Power Plan

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Multifamily by on January 31, 2017 0 Comments
NAHB Again Challenges Clean Power Plan

NAHB last week filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, challenging the denial of a Clean Air Act petition for reconsideration it filed in 2016 concerning EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule and signaling to the D.C. Circuit that more litigation is forthcoming.

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2017 CGP: Big Wins, But Liability Concerns Remain

2017 CGP: Big Wins, But Liability Concerns Remain

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued the 2017 Construction General Permit – and it includes provisions that NAHB and our members have fought long and hard for through testimony, letters and extensive meetings.

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Resolution to Vacate WOTUS Rule Introduced in Senate

Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today introduced a resolution to withdraw the Waters of the United States rule, which contains new and expanded definitions that NAHB has long held as the poster child of federal intrusion into states’ rights and an example of federal overreach on land-use decisions.

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Poll Outlines Sustainable Stormwater Management Barriers

Poll Outlines Sustainable Stormwater Management Barriers

Home builders would be much more likely to adopt low-impact or more sustainable stormwater management practices if local jurisdictions offered fast-track permitting or other incentives for installing them, according to a recent NAHB poll.

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