Environmental

NAHB Officers Discuss Key Regulatory Issues with EPA Administrator

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on March 29, 2017 2 Comments
NAHB Officers Discuss Key Regulatory Issues with EPA Administrator

NAHB senior officers held a productive meeting with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt today to seek ways to make regulations more cost-effective without undermining their intent.

Discussions focused on several important environmental regulatory issues of importance to the home building community, including the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, the lead paint rule and stormwater regulation.

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Energy Star Cuts Among Trump’s Proposals

President Trump has released a proposed budget that includes cuts to a number of programs run by the Environmental Protection Agency – including the popular Energy Star certification program for new and remodeled homes and many home appliances.

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100,000th Home Certified to National Green Building Standard

100,000th Home Certified to National Green Building Standard

The National Green Building Standard Green Certification Program has reached a major milestone with certification of the 100,000th home to meet its requirements.

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Solar: Not for Everyone

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Design, Environmental by on March 23, 2017 1 Comment
Solar: Not for Everyone

The solar panel industry and efficiency advocates have not backed off their efforts to require all new homes to be “solar-ready.” NAHB supports solar, but no mandates that give buyers no say in the matter even when solar doesn’t work for them.

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Builders Rank the Most, Least Popular Green Practices

Builders Rank the Most, Least Popular Green Practices

Energy efficiency is the name of the game for both home building and home buying. Results from a recent NAHB survey show which green building techniques are getting the most love.

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New ‘Water Rating Index’ Guidelines Open for Comments

New ‘Water Rating Index’ Guidelines Open for Comments

RESNET and the International Code Council are debuting a draft the WER Index. It will rate a home’s efficiency in water use in the same way that the HERS index measures a property’s energy efficiency. A March 15 webinra explains it all.

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Home Appraisals to Include HERS Scores

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on March 6, 2017 7 Comments
Home Appraisals to Include HERS Scores

In this new partnership, RESNET’s database of HERS-rated homes will be available to the Appraisal Institute in states where the rating system is prevalent. The HERS score will be added as a green building certification, similar to the ICC-ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard.

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WOTUS: What’s Next

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on March 3, 2017 2 Comments
WOTUS: What’s Next

Now that President Trump has ordered an extensive review of the “waters of the United States” definitions in the Clean Water Act, many NAHB members have questions about how this executive order changes the stormwater and wetlands permitting processes they have been following all along – and what the next steps are. Here’s a few answers.

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NAHB Applauds Trump as WOTUS Rollback Begins

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on February 28, 2017 16 Comments
NAHB Applauds Trump as WOTUS Rollback Begins

President Donald Trump today honored a campaign promise made to home builders as he signed an executive order directing EPA to repeal and replace the controversial “waters of the United States” rule.

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Salmon Creek: The Value of a Net Zero Home

Filed in Environmental, Home Building by on February 27, 2017 0 Comments
Salmon Creek: The Value of a Net Zero Home

Troy Johns, now president of Urban NW Homes, started building green when he saw how it improved his wife’s health. Now, he’s going net zero.

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