Codes and Standards

White House Joins NAHB in Opposing House Energy Bill

Filed in Advocacy, Codes and Standards, Housing Affordability by on September 24, 2020 0 Comments
White House Joins NAHB in Opposing House Energy Bill

The White House today joined NAHB in opposing House energy bill H.R. 4447 due in part to problematic language regarding building codes that would harm housing affordability.

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ICC Board Agrees with NAHB on Codes Appeal

Filed in Codes and Standards by on September 24, 2020 0 Comments
ICC Board Agrees with NAHB on Codes Appeal

The ICC Board of Directors Wednesday agreed with NAHB’s appeal related a proposed change to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) that dealt with the efficiency of water heaters.

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EPA Finalizes Rule for New Regulatory Guidance Documents

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on September 17, 2020 0 Comments
EPA Finalizes Rule for New Regulatory Guidance Documents

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rulemaking on Sept. 14 that establishes new regulatory standards for all regulatory guidance documents.

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Navigable Waters Protection Rule a Win for Housing Affordability, Regulatory Certainty

Filed in Advocacy, Environment, Housing Affordability by on September 16, 2020 0 Comments
Navigable Waters Protection Rule a Win for Housing Affordability, Regulatory Certainty

NAHB today told Congress that the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) that went into effect in June will help builders create more affordable housing options for hardworking American families while maintaining environmental protection of our nation’s waterways.

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NGBS and Energy Performance: Voluntary Green Standard Compared to Building Codes

NGBS and Energy Performance: Voluntary Green Standard Compared to Building Codes

With so many green rating systems available, understanding how each one compares to others is imperative for making a choice that works best for your project, climate zone and market. The recent release of the 2020 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) provides a great opportunity to conduct a side-by-side comparison, starting with energy performance — an easy element to measure.

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NAHB Statement on Beryllium Settlement with OSHA

Filed in Codes and Standards, Safety by on August 26, 2020 1 Comment
NAHB Statement on Beryllium Settlement with OSHA

NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke issued a statement regarding a settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) involving a rule on beryllium exposure in construction.

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Achieving Housing Resilience Through Retrofits

Achieving Housing Resilience Through Retrofits

NAHB’s Construction Technology Research Subcommittee worked with Home Innovation Research Labs to develop a series of two-page guidelines illustrating techniques for retrofitting existing homes to improve their performance against natural hazards.

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NAHB Moves Swiftly to Advance Cause of Fair Housing

Filed in Codes and Standards, Housing Affordability by on July 31, 2020 5 Comments
NAHB Moves Swiftly to Advance Cause of Fair Housing

President Trump tweeted comments on repealing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule earlier this week that caused concern within the housing community. While NAHB cannot excuse the remarks that were made by the president, NAHB moved into action by reaching out to the White House and succeeded in getting the administration to agree to a meeting.

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HUD Secretary Carson Terminates Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

Filed in Codes and Standards by on July 23, 2020 7 Comments
HUD Secretary Carson Terminates Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced that HUD will terminate the Obama-era Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation issued in 2015.

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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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