Environmental

Weigh in on WOTUS – Tell Feds What You Think by Sept. 27

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on September 15, 2017 0 Comments
Weigh in on WOTUS – Tell Feds What You Think by Sept. 27

EPA and the Army Corps are taking comments on a proposed rule that would replace the 2015 definition of the term “waters of the United States” with the text that existed since 1986.

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Will Lumber Prices Surge in Hurricanes’ Wake?

Will Lumber Prices Surge in Hurricanes’ Wake?

It’s too early to tell exactly how much of an impact hurricanes Harvey and Irma will have on the prices for lumber and other building materials, especially as other factors such as wildfires and duties are still uncertain. But history suggests there will at least be a noticeable impact in the storm-affected regions.

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4 Keys to Working with Insurance Adjusters

4 Keys to Working with Insurance Adjusters

The rebuilding process after a natural disaster is arduous, even for those who have flood insurance. Home owners who want to get their lives back in order as quickly as possible will seek out a seasoned builder who knows what to expect and how best to collaborate with insurance adjusters.

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Redfin Ranks Top 10 Green Neighborhoods

Filed in Environmental, Home Building, Remodelers by on August 29, 2017 0 Comments
Redfin Ranks Top 10 Green Neighborhoods

Real estate brokerage Redfin has published a report of the top 10 green neighborhoods nationwide. Leading the list is Villanova, Pa., near Philadelphia, followed by Villages of Irvine, Calif., and downtown Santa Monica, Calif. Five of the 10 most sustainable neighborhoods are in California.

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Comment Period for WOTUS Rule Withdrawal Extended

Comment Period for WOTUS Rule Withdrawal Extended

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are extending the comment period by 30 days for a proposed rule that will roll back the flawed 2015 “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) definition.

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NAHB Unveils New Stormwater Management Toolkit

NAHB Unveils New Stormwater Management Toolkit

The more complicated the rules become, the more information is needed to advocate for smart, flexible and cost-effective stormwater management. The brand-new NAHB stormwater toolkit has got you covered.

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NAHB Member Homes Win DOE Housing Award

Filed in Councils & Committees, Environmental by on August 21, 2017 1 Comment
NAHB Member Homes Win DOE Housing Award

Twenty-six homes from 24 builders, many of them NAHB members, have been awarded for meeting the rigorous techmical requirements of the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program.

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NAHB Applauds President Trump’s Order Rescinding Overreaching Flood Standard

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Multifamily by on August 15, 2017 9 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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