Codes and Standards

NAHB Seeks Members to Participate in the Building Code Development Process

Filed in Codes and Standards by on February 24, 2021 0 Comments
NAHB Seeks Members to Participate in the Building Code Development Process

Members of the NAHB Construction Codes & Standards Committee are seeking members interested in participating in the building code development process through the new CC&S Emerging Leaders Program.  

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Seeking Home Builder Input on Cold-Formed Steel Framing

Filed in Codes and Standards by on February 2, 2021 6 Comments
Seeking Home Builder Input on Cold-Formed Steel Framing

The American Iron and Steel Institute is asking home builders to take a brief survey about their knowledge of building codes that apply to the use of steel framing in residential construction.

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Biden Issues Two Executive Orders to Rescind Trump-Era Environmental Regulations

Filed in Environment by on January 26, 2021 0 Comments
Biden Issues Two Executive Orders to Rescind Trump-Era Environmental Regulations

Immediately after taking office, President Biden signed two executive orders that signaled his intention to take a comprehensive review of all the Trump administration’s deregulatory actions concerning climate change, energy efficiency and the environment. 

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Biden Executive Orders Address Climate Change

Filed in Environment by on January 25, 2021 1 Comment
Biden Executive Orders Address Climate Change

President Biden signed a series of executive actions last week, including two issues related to climate change policy. NAHB will continue to monitor developments in the implementation of these actions and how they could impact the housing industry.

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2021 International Energy Conservation Code Published After Multiple Appeals

Filed in Codes and Standards by on January 25, 2021 2 Comments
2021 International Energy Conservation Code Published After Multiple Appeals

Following a three-year development process, the 2021 ICC family of model building codes has been published. Numerous changes to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) are of particular interest to home builders this year.

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Two ‘Final’ Environmental Rules That are Not Yet Final

Filed in Environment, Land Development by on January 22, 2021 0 Comments
Two ‘Final’ Environmental Rules That are Not Yet Final

On Jan. 20, the Biden administration implemented a regulatory freeze for all pending regulations. Two “final” environmental rules affecting the housing industry were swept up in this presidential action.

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FEMA Study Shows Resilience Value of Building Codes but Understates Cost Impact

FEMA Study Shows Resilience Value of Building Codes but Understates Cost Impact

A new study by FEMA argues for adopting the latest editions of building codes without amendment to provisions relating to resilience – protection from earthquakes, floods and wind – but discounts the costs associated with building to newer codes.

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Updated Residential Building Codes Coming Your Way Soon

Filed in Codes and Standards by on December 10, 2020 2 Comments
Updated Residential Building Codes Coming Your Way Soon

The International Code Council (ICC) will soon publish the 2021 edition of the International Residential Code® (IRC®), and many states and jurisdictions will begin considering plans next year to adopt or upgrade to the latest IRC and other I-Codes.

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Solar Panels on a New Home: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Solar Panels on a New Home: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Homes with solar photovoltaic panels (PV) can appeal to some new home buyers because of reduced electric bills and a lessened environmental impact. The decision to proceed with such a major investment, however, raises a question about the return on investment. Home Innovation Research Labs recently completed a study analyzing the cost effectiveness of rooftop solar PV across five different markets.

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Interim Amendments to the 2020 National Electrical Code Show Changes are Premature

Filed in Codes and Standards by on October 13, 2020 0 Comments
Interim Amendments to the 2020 National Electrical Code Show Changes are Premature

Since the release of the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) in August 2019, four states have adopted the new building codes, with 18 additional states in the process of adoption. But recent proposed amendments show that the early adoption of the 2020 NEC may have a detrimental impact on builders in states with the new requirements, as the code may change after certain conflicts were discovered.

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