Skyrocketing Lumber Prices Put Builders in a Bind

Filed in Business Management, Capitol Hill, Economics by on March 27, 2017 2 Comments
Skyrocketing Lumber Prices Put Builders in a Bind

Home builders are increasingly concerned with the now-expired Softwood Lumber Agreement. The uncertainty surrounding a new trade agreement is impacting businesses on both sides of the border, as it was the primary culprit behind the surging lumber prices so far this year.

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NAHB Chief Lobbyist Participates in Housing Finance Reform Roundtable

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 24, 2017 1 Comment

NAHB Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin was among a few industry leaders who participated in a housing finance roundtable today organized by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

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White House Seeks NAHB’s Help to Seat Gorsuch

Filed in Legal, Membership by on March 24, 2017 13 Comments
White House Seeks NAHB’s Help to Seat Gorsuch

As Senate Democrats prepare for a filibuster, the Trump Administration has called on NAHB to help speed the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court — and your association is honored to comply.

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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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S. Robert August Named ‘Legend’ of the Industry

S. Robert August Named ‘Legend’ of the Industry

The NAHB National Sales and Marketing Council has honored S. Robert August, MIRM, CMP, CSP, Master CSP, with the Legend of Residential Marketing award.

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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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New Home Sales Up 6.1% in February

Filed in Economics, Home Building by on March 23, 2017 0 Comments
New Home Sales Up 6.1% in February

Sales of newly built, single-family homes continued to expand, rising 6.1% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 units, according to newly released data from HUD and the Census Bureau.

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Solar: Not for Everyone

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Design, Environmental by on March 23, 2017 0 Comments
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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Congress Strikes Down OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on March 22, 2017 4 Comments
Congress Strikes Down OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

In a victory for NAHB and the small business community, the Senate today passed legislation approved by the House earlier this month that will overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) clarification to its Volks recordkeeping rule.

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House Approves NAHB-Supported Association Health Plan Bill

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 22, 2017 10 Comments
House Approves NAHB-Supported Association Health Plan Bill

The House today approved the Small Business Health Fairness Act, association health plan legislation that would put small businesses on an equal footing with large employers and unions when it comes to negotiating lower insurance costs.

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