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Using Modular to Help Rebuild After a Disaster

Using Modular to Help Rebuild After a Disaster

Modular homes can play a valuable role in the recovery following severe weather such as a hurricane, because they can be built quickly and offsite in a controlled environment, among other benefits to builders.

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Feedback Wanted on DOE Moisture Management Tool

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Home Building by on September 11, 2017 2 Comments
Feedback Wanted on DOE Moisture Management Tool

The Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are seeking feedback on Builder Science Advisor, an online tool they are developing to help building designers manage moisture risk.

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‘Connected’ Homes: Trends and Key Legal Issues

Filed in Home Building, Legal, Technology by on September 6, 2017 0 Comments
‘Connected’ Homes: Trends and Key Legal Issues

A look at the emerging trends in connected-home technology and potential liability concerns and ways to make sure you are properly conveying to customers any risks associated with this new and expanding market.

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Say Thank You to Your Associate Colleagues

Filed in Councils & Committees, Home Building, Leadership by on September 1, 2017 0 Comments
Say Thank You to Your Associate Colleagues

For Associate Member Appreciation Month, please take time to pay tribute to the hard working Associate members who support our businesses and help our federation thrive.

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In Wake of Harvey, NAHB Urges Action on Lumber Supply

Filed in Disaster Response, Home Building, Leadership by on August 30, 2017 1 Comment
In Wake of Harvey, NAHB Urges Action on Lumber Supply

“In the aftermath of the devastating storm, demand for softwood lumber is expected to increase dramatically as home builders and remodelers repair and replace housing in Houston and across Texas. This crisis makes it more important than ever that the United States quickly achieve a lasting trade agreement regarding U.S. imports of Canadian softwood lumber,” said NAHB Chair Granger MacDonald today.

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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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Single-Family Starts Hold Steady in July

Filed in Economics, Home Building, Multifamily by on August 16, 2017 0 Comments
Single-Family Starts Hold Steady in July

Nationwide housing starts fell 4.8% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units, according to newly released data from HUD and the Commerce Department. Single-family production slipped 0.5% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 856,000 after a strong, upwardly revised June reading.

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Builder Confidence Springs Back with 4-Point August Jump

Filed in Economics, Home Building by on August 15, 2017 0 Comments
Builder Confidence Springs Back with 4-Point August Jump

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose four points in August to 68. “Our members are encouraged by rising demand in the new-home market,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “This is due to ongoing job and economic growth, attractive mortgage rates and growing consumer confidence.”

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Can I Bury My Ducts in the Attic Insulation?

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Home Building by on August 10, 2017 0 Comments
Can I Bury My Ducts in the Attic Insulation?

Craig Drumheller wanted to know why the ductwork for his home air conditioning system ran through the highest and hottest portion of his attic, making the system work extra hard to keep the conditioned air cool. Why was the practice of burying the ductwork in the attic insulation prohibited in his jurisdiction?

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Weyerhaeuser Acknowledges Flak Jacket Protection Concerns

Filed in Construction Industry, Home Building by on July 31, 2017 0 Comments

Weyerhaeuser Company has acknowledged concerns about some newly constructed homes built with TJI Joists using the Flak Jacket Protection product.

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