Codes and Standards

What Does the Recent WOTUS Rule Change Mean for Your Projects?

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on September 23, 2021 0 Comments
What Does the Recent WOTUS Rule Change Mean for Your Projects?

To help builders and developers understand how to move forward with ongoing or planned projects, NAHB developed FAQs to provide interim (unofficial) guidance based upon the Clean Water Act statute, existing regulatory guidance documents, and past practices by the agencies.

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NAHB Opposes Energy Codes Provision in Build Back Better Act

Filed in Advocacy, Codes and Standards, Housing Affordability by on September 13, 2021 1 Comment
NAHB Opposes Energy Codes Provision in Build Back Better Act

NAHB has sent a letter to House Energy Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and its members expressing strong opposition to a provision in the Build Back Better Act calling for aggressive energy efficiency requirements in model building energy codes.

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ICC Public Comment Hearings on Proposed Changes to Building Codes Begin Sept. 21

Filed in Codes and Standards by on September 10, 2021 0 Comments
ICC Public Comment Hearings on Proposed Changes to Building Codes Begin Sept. 21

NAHB members are encouraged to attend the event live or watch via webcast to better understand the code development process.

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EPA Declares Pre-2015 WOTUS Rule Now in Effect

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on September 3, 2021 6 Comments
EPA Declares Pre-2015 WOTUS Rule Now in Effect

Following the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona’s ruling on Monday to remand and vacate the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR), which defines the “waters of the U.S. (WOTUS),” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stated that “the agencies have halted implementation of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule and are interpreting ‘waters of the United States’ consistent with the pre-2015 regulatory regime until further notice.”

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FEMA Moves Closer to Risk Rating 2.0 Transition

Filed in Codes and Standards by on September 3, 2021 0 Comments
FEMA Moves Closer to Risk Rating 2.0 Transition

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Sept. 1 released several documents, including final guidance, for the upcoming transition to its new risk rating methodology. The guidance outlines how the agency will apply the new rating factors and credit options when determining insurance premiums for policies issued under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

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With WOTUS Under Attack, NAHB Members Voice Support for 2020 Rule

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment, Membership by on September 2, 2021 0 Comments
With WOTUS Under Attack, NAHB Members Voice Support for 2020 Rule

A federal court ruling this week on the “waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)” rule comes after the Biden administration announced its intent to change the regulatory definition of WOTUS in June. In response, NAHB members and HBA staff spoke out in support of the current WOTUS rule.

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FEMA Reinstates Federal Flood Risk Standards

Filed in Codes and Standards, Resiliency by on August 31, 2021 2 Comments
FEMA Reinstates Federal Flood Risk Standards

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Aug. 27 announced a new interim policy to partially implement the Federal Flood Risk Management Standards (FFRMS) that would require certain structures to conform to higher flood elevation standards.

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NAHB Criticizes Efforts to Revise WOTUS Rule During Congressional Roundtable

Filed in Codes and Standards by on August 19, 2021 1 Comment
NAHB Criticizes Efforts to Revise WOTUS Rule During Congressional Roundtable

NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke spoke out against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) efforts to revise the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) that defines the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) during a roundtable discussion yesterday with federal policymakers, farmers, home builders and composite makers.

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EPA to Hold August Hearings on Revamping of WOTUS Rule

Filed in Environment by on July 30, 2021 4 Comments
EPA to Hold August Hearings on Revamping of WOTUS Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will hold a series of virtual public meetings in August to hear from interested stakeholders on “their perspectives on defining ‘waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act” and how to implement that definition as federal agencies pursue this process.

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Department of Energy: New Model Residential Energy Code Includes Increases in Efficiency Requirements

Filed in Codes and Standards by on July 21, 2021 1 Comment
Department of Energy: New Model Residential Energy Code Includes Increases in Efficiency Requirements

The Department of Energy today issued a positive determination that the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code contains new requirements that result in an incremental increase in energy efficiency in residential buildings.

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