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EPA to Hold August Hearings on Revamping of WOTUS Rule

Filed in Environment by on July 30, 2021 2 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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NAHB Publishes 2021 IECC Residential Code Adoption Kit

Filed in Codes and Standards by on July 7, 2021 0 Comments
NAHB Publishes 2021 IECC Residential Code Adoption Kit

The purpose of the kit is to inform jurisdictions on adoption of the 2021 IECC, which contains many detrimental changes after a fraught development process.

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HBA of Georgia Secures Emergency Relief from 2020 Electrical Code

Filed in Codes and Standards by on July 1, 2021 0 Comments
HBA of Georgia Secures Emergency Relief from 2020 Electrical Code

Another state has taken emergency action on the 2020 National Electrical Code over issues with HVAC units and required GFCI breakers.

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Another Issue with the 2020 Electrical Code: Ranges Tripping on GFCIs

Filed in Codes and Standards by on June 17, 2021 0 Comments
Another Issue with the 2020 Electrical Code: Ranges Tripping on GFCIs

GFCI requirements in the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) are causing more tripping issues, this time with electric ranges.

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EPA Seeks to Revise Definition of Waters of the U.S.

Filed in Advocacy, Environment by on June 10, 2021 11 Comments
EPA Seeks to Revise Definition of Waters of the U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army have announced their intent to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). EPA Administrator Michael Regan says that the Navigable Waters Protection Rule enacted during the Trump administration to define WOTUS “is leading to significant environmental degradation.”

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Remodeling Boom Shines a Light on Lead-Based Paint Violations

Filed in Codes and Standards, Remodeling by on May 28, 2021 1 Comment
Remodeling Boom Shines a Light on Lead-Based Paint Violations

Hiring a hire a professional remodeler has numerous benefits – especially if the project involves a home built before 1978. Among the various nuances of renovating older homes, properly identifying and mitigating exposure to lead-based paint remains one of the most critical.

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EPA Proposes 2022 Construction General Permit

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on May 26, 2021 0 Comments
EPA Proposes 2022 Construction General Permit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 12 published the proposed 2022 Construction General Permit (CGP) in the Federal Register. The current 2017 CGP permit is in effect until Feb. 16, 2022, when the final 2022 CGP will become effective for five years.

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Biden Signs Sweeping Executive Order on Climate Change that Affects Housing

Filed in Advocacy, Environment, Housing Affordability by on May 21, 2021 5 Comments
Biden Signs Sweeping Executive Order on Climate Change that Affects Housing

President Joe Biden yesterday signed a sweeping executive order on climate change, entitled “Executive Order on Climate-Related Financial Risk,” that the White House says “will help the American people better understand how climate change can impact their financial security.”

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New Electrical Code Requirement Causing Big Problems in the Field

Filed in Codes and Standards by on May 21, 2021 21 Comments
New Electrical Code Requirement Causing Big Problems in the Field

A new requirement in the 2020 electrical code is causing big problems with AC units in new homes. The state of Texas was forced to call an emergency meeting this week to address the issue.

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