Codes and Standards

SCOTUS Takes on WOTUS

Filed in Advocacy, Environment, Housing Affordability, Legal by on January 25, 2022 0 Comments
SCOTUS Takes on WOTUS

At the urging of NAHB and other business groups, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the Clean Water Act that would clarify an earlier ruling from the nation’s highest court issued in 2006.

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NAHB Actively Engaged in WOTUS Rulemaking, Calls for More Transparency

Filed in Advocacy, Environment by on January 13, 2022 0 Comments
NAHB Actively Engaged in WOTUS Rulemaking, Calls for More Transparency

The Biden administration’s process for withdrawing the Trump administration’s “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) definition under the Clean Water Act and replace it with a another WOTUS definition has broad ramifications affecting land developers, home builders and countless other small businesses.

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Video: NAHB Chairman Urges Members to Recruit Local Code Officials

Filed in Codes and Standards, Membership by on January 7, 2022 3 Comments
Video: NAHB Chairman Urges Members to Recruit Local Code Officials

In the January Chairman’s Update, NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke discusses the importance of engaging in an upcoming advocacy effort to ensure fair, reasonable residential building codes.

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SBA to Host Roundtable Discussion with EPA, Corps on WOTUS Changes

Filed in Advocacy, Environment by on January 4, 2022 1 Comment
SBA to Host Roundtable Discussion with EPA, Corps on WOTUS Changes

The SBA is hosting a virtual roundtable meeting with staff from the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the Biden administration’s proposed rule to withdraw the Trump administration’s “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) definition.

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Challenges We Faced in 2021: Building Codes

Filed in Codes and Standards by on December 30, 2021 0 Comments
Challenges We Faced in 2021: Building Codes

Each year brings new challenges for NAHB codes staff as product manufacturers and special interests attempt to use building codes to advance their agendas. And 2021 was no exception.

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Working in Tandem with NAHB, Lawmakers Send a Strong Message to Commerce Secretary on Lumber Duties

Filed in Advocacy, Environment, Material Costs by on December 22, 2021 8 Comments
Working in Tandem with NAHB, Lawmakers Send a Strong Message to Commerce Secretary on Lumber Duties

At the behest of NAHB, 84 members of Congress this week sent a joint letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo expressing urgent concern regarding the Commerce Department’s recent decision to double tariffs on softwood lumber products from Canada and calling on the United States to resume talks with Canada to negotiate a new softwood lumber trade agreement.

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Federal Register Publishes Proposed WOTUS Rule

Filed in Advocacy, Environment, Resiliency by on December 7, 2021 0 Comments
Federal Register Publishes Proposed WOTUS Rule

The Federal Register today published a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rescind the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) as finalized during the Trump administration.

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Join NAHB for a Free Webinar on 2021 Energy Code Changes

Filed in Codes and Standards, Education by on November 9, 2021 2 Comments
Join NAHB for a Free Webinar on 2021 Energy Code Changes

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, NAHB is hosting a webinar free to members that covers the significant changes to the International Energy Conservation Code in its 2021 edition.

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Corps of Engineers Suspends Issuance of All New Federal Nationwide Wetlands Permits

Filed in Environment, Land Development by on November 9, 2021 0 Comments
Corps of Engineers Suspends Issuance of All New Federal Nationwide Wetlands Permits

For the second time in just 60 days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) has suspended the issuance of any new Section 404 nationwide wetlands permits (NWPs) as a result of a court ruling on Oct. 21 by the Northern District of California vacating the Trump administration’s changes to the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Certification Rule. However, builders and developers can still use existing NWP permits.

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Financial Stability Oversight Council Releases Report on Climate-Related Financial Risk

Filed in Environment, Resiliency by on October 22, 2021 1 Comment
Financial Stability Oversight Council Releases Report on Climate-Related Financial Risk

The report includes more than 30 specific recommendations to U.S. financial regulators, and lays out necessary actions to identify and address climate-related risks to the U.S. financial system, which include warming temperatures, rising sea levels, droughts, wildfires, intensifying storms and other climate-related events that are already imposing significant costs on the public and U.S. economy.

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