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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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Corps to Discuss Wetlands Permits

Corps to Discuss Wetlands Permits

NAHB members planning to attend the Midyear Meeting – or members who have the time to come to Washington, D.C. for the morning – may want to also attend a special session at 10 a.m. June 16 when representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers come to call.

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Improved WOTUS Rule Should Bring Stability, Panelist Says

Improved WOTUS Rule Should Bring Stability, Panelist Says

Speakers at the Environmental Law Institute’s National Wetlands Awards panel discussion May 17 know there are challenges ahead as the Trump administration launches its efforts to fix the flawed Obama-era “waters of the United States” rule, including how it may affect wetlands mitigation banks.

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NAHB Targets the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Regulations

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on May 18, 2017 0 Comments

In its comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency this week in response to a presidential directive to “alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens,” NAHB highlighted 10 expensive and overreaching regulatory programs. It also urged continued funding for three programs facing proposed budget cuts or elimination.

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