Environmental

EPA Mulls Expanding Stormwater Permits to Groundwater Discharges

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on June 26, 2018 1 Comment
EPA Mulls Expanding Stormwater Permits to Groundwater Discharges

NAHB is fighting back against an Environmental Protection Agency proposal that could regulate some discharges to groundwater and subject thousands of septic systems and green infrastructure practices to the federal permitting process.

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Administration Submits New WOTUS Definition for Review

Administration Submits New WOTUS Definition for Review

The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers last week submitted a new proposed “Waters of the U.S.” regulatory definition to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for review. The proposal had not been expected until August.

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Builders Respond to Growing Interest in Green Homes

Builders Respond to Growing Interest in Green Homes

During National Homeownership Month in June, we’re focusing on the critical role that the home plays in our lives and how NAHB members are finding innovative ways to build the American Dream.

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Early Birds: Save BIG on Best in Green Award Applications

Filed in Awards, Councils & Committees, Environmental by on June 12, 2018 1 Comment
Early Birds: Save BIG on Best in Green Award Applications

NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building Subcommittee has opened the application and nomination process for the 2018 NAHB Best in Green (BIG) Awards and is offering great savings for early applicants.

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NAHB Student Chapter Partners with Local Firm to Win ‘Race to Zero’

NAHB Student Chapter Partners with Local Firm to Win ‘Race to Zero’

The NAHB Student Chapter program from Pennsylvania State University took first place in the Suburban Single Family category of the 2018 Race to Zero Competition. Run by the Department of Energy, this competition challenges students to design cost-effective, zero-energy ready homes. NAHB is a program sponsor.

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Formaldehyde Emissions Compliance Deadline is Tomorrow

Formaldehyde Emissions Compliance Deadline is Tomorrow

All products sold containing composite wood panels — like most kitchen and bathroom cabinets, for example — must meet EPA standards for recordkeeping and labeling, in addition to the tighter emissions requirements.

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The Nation Watches as California Mandates Solar Power

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on May 30, 2018 18 Comments
The Nation Watches as California Mandates Solar Power

California has long pushed the envelope on energy and environmental policies. Right now, people are abuzz with the California Energy Commission’s proposed requirements for the the state’s 2020 energy code, which includes mandates on solar energy generation for all new residential construction beginning in January 2020.

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‘Smart Neighborhoods’ Take Efficiency to the Next Level

Filed in Environmental by on May 29, 2018 0 Comments
‘Smart Neighborhoods’ Take Efficiency to the Next Level

Just outside of Birmingham, Ala., Signature Homes recently completed a 62-home development called Reynolds Landing — the first “smart neighborhood” in the state and the first community in the Southeast to be entirely supported by a solar microgrid.

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FEMA Unveils Explanatory NFIP Videos

FEMA Unveils Explanatory NFIP Videos

FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security have released a series of videos to explain the changes to the National Flood Insurance program announced last month.

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EPA Delays New WOTUS Definitions

EPA Delays New WOTUS Definitions

The Environmental Protection Agency will wait until August to release its proposed new definitions for “waters of the United States,” which means that the final version won’t be ready until the fall of 2019.

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