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How Stringent Design Regulations Restrict Housing Affordability and Choice

How Stringent Design Regulations Restrict Housing Affordability and Choice

Housing affordability has long been at the forefront of housing policy and attention. Recent land use trends provide additional development methods to make the residential development and regulation process more efficient, but some localities are moving in the opposite direction by enacting burdensome residential design standards that go well past good design principles. NAHB’s Residential Design Standards: How Stringent Regulations Restrict Affordability and Choice report addresses this issue and explores other alternatives.

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HBA Wins Injunction on Impact Fees with Help from NAHB Legal Action Fund

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HBA Wins Injunction on Impact Fees with Help from NAHB Legal Action Fund

Before the ink could dry on their Legal Action Fund Grant approval, the HBA of West Florida claimed a victory in Florida State Court, winning an injunction to temporarily stop a county from collecting educational impact fees imposed on new home building.

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How to Strengthen Homes Against High Winds

How to Strengthen Homes Against High Winds

Homes built to the International Residential Code® (IRC®) perform well in high-wind events. However, by focusing on additional strategies to strengthen the roof and provide a continuous load path through the structure to the foundation, builders can provide consumers in areas at high risk of tornadoes and intense hurricanes with homes that will perform even better than a code-compliant home, potentially allowing consumers to remain in their home after a severe storm event and reducing repair costs.

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Supreme Court Opinion Allows CFPB to Keep Operating; President Can Remove the Director

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Housing Trends, Legal by on June 29, 2020 0 Comments
Supreme Court Opinion Allows CFPB to Keep Operating; President Can Remove the Director

In a ruling that will avoid disruptions to the nation’s mortgage and lending markets, the Supreme Court ruled today that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) can continue operating but the president has the authority to remove the director “at will.”

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NAHB Leaders Call on Treasury Secretary to Expand PPP Eligibility for Builders

NAHB Leaders Call on Treasury Secretary to Expand PPP Eligibility for Builders

NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke and CEO Jerry Howard held a virtual discussion with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin today and urged the secretary to expand eligibility under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to allow more workers in the residential construction sector to access the loan program.

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CFPB Proposes Two Rules to Address GSE Patch

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Housing Finance by on June 22, 2020 0 Comments
CFPB Proposes Two Rules to Address GSE Patch

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued two rulemaking proposals today to address the Government-Sponsored Enterprises patch (GSE Patch) for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that is set to expire in January 2021 or when Fannie and Freddie exit conservatorship, whichever comes first.

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New WOTUS Rule Becomes Effective Today

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on June 22, 2020 1 Comment
New WOTUS Rule Becomes Effective Today

The “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” (NWPR), which is the Trump Administration’s new definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), becomes effective today in every state except Colorado.

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2020 National Electrical Code Adoption Kits Now Available

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2020 National Electrical Code Adoption Kits Now Available

NAHB’s 2020 National Electrical Code Adoption Kit identifies significant changes that would most impact the home building industry.

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Housing Affordability Bill into Law

Oklahoma Governor Signs Housing Affordability Bill into Law

In a victory for home builders and housing affordability, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) has signed SB 1713 into law. The legislation will limit cities and counties from regulating purely aesthetic building design that would needlessly raise the cost of housing.

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New NGBS Offers Remodelers a Roadmap for High-Performance Projects

New NGBS Offers Remodelers a Roadmap for High-Performance Projects

Remodelers who use green-building techniques will be better positioned to meet the growing demand for improving a home’s energy efficiency. The new ICC 700-2020 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) provides a roadmap to guide the design and construction of high-performance projects

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