Environmental

FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on March 30, 2020 0 Comments
FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) from 30 days to 120 days.

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NAHB Provides Analysis on New EPA Water Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on March 13, 2020 1 Comment
NAHB Provides Analysis on New EPA Water Rule

On Jan. 23, 2020, at the 2020 International Builders’ Show, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a new “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) regulation. The new regulation, the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, redefines the federal definition of WOTUS under the Clean Water Act.

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NAHB Testifies House Energy Bill Would Harm Housing Affordability

NAHB Testifies House Energy Bill Would Harm Housing Affordability

NAHB today urged the House to oppose to H.R. 3962, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2019, warning that the legislation would exacerbate the nation’s housing affordability woes.

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In a Big Splash for Housing, EPA Chief Announces New Water Rule at IBS

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Home Building by on January 23, 2020 8 Comments
In a Big Splash for Housing, EPA Chief Announces New Water Rule at IBS

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler today announced a final, new “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) regulation at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas that resolves years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends.

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New Environmental Review Process Will Boost Infrastructure Projects

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on January 9, 2020 0 Comments
New Environmental Review Process Will Boost Infrastructure Projects

The Trump administration today proposed regulatory reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act that will boost infrastructure projects that are needed to support residential land development projects.

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A Look Back at Significant Wins in 2019

A Look Back at Significant Wins in 2019

NAHB achieved a number of significant victories in 2019 on a broad range of issues, including housing affordability, taxes, regulations and more.

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FEMA Defers Implementation of New Flood Insurance Risk Rating System

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on November 7, 2019 2 Comments
FEMA Defers Implementation of New Flood Insurance Risk Rating System

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today it was deferring implementation of its new flood insurance risk rating program by one year until Oct. 1, 2021.

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VA Accepts NAHB Revisions on Radon Mitigation Requirements

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on October 23, 2019 8 Comments
VA Accepts NAHB Revisions on Radon Mitigation Requirements

In a victory for NAHB, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has accepted our suggested revisions and clarifications regarding a builder’s certification requirements for radon gas mitigation on properties located in Zone 1 counties, which have the highest potential radon levels.

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Federal Code Mandates Costly and the Wrong Approach to Boost Energy Efficiency

Federal Code Mandates Costly and the Wrong Approach to Boost Energy Efficiency

NAHB today urged Congress to oppose any federal mandates that require the adoption of more stringent building codes because it would harm housing affordability, prevent healthy competition in the marketplace and may not achieve the intended results.

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EPA Repeals Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on September 12, 2019 6 Comments
EPA Repeals Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

In a positive development to resolve years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends, the Environmental Protection Agency today rescinded the Obama-era waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

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