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years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends, the Environmental Protection Agency today rescinded the Obama-era waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

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NAHB and EPA Leadership Address Key Issues Affecting Housing Affordability

NAHB and EPA Leadership Address Key Issues Affecting Housing Affordability

NAHB’s Senior Officers met with Andrew Wheeler, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, to discuss NAHB’s continued collaboration with the agency on key issues involving the home building industry.

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Georgia Judge Sinks Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on August 22, 2019 4 Comments
Georgia Judge Sinks Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

In an important win for NAHB and the housing community, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia recently filed a carefully worded 85-page decision that dismantles the Obama-era 2015 waters of the U.S. rule. This is the first court to find that the substance of the 2015 rule violates the Clean Water Act.

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Final ESA Rules will Streamline the Permitting Process

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on August 12, 2019 3 Comments
Final ESA Rules will Streamline the Permitting Process

In a victory for NAHB, the Trump administration today released final rules updating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 Consultation requirements and new regulations governing the designation of critical habitat that will improve the overall efficiency of the ESA’s permitting process and make compliance less onerous for home builders and developers.

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New FEMA Risk Rating 2.0 to Determine Flood Insurance Rates

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on July 18, 2019 0 Comments
New FEMA Risk Rating 2.0 to Determine Flood Insurance Rates

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which oversees and implements the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), has initiated a long-term effort to transform the program to make it more consumer friendly and better reflect the actual risks properties face.

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Louisiana Landowners Score Property Rights Win in Dusky Gopher Frog Case

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on July 11, 2019 0 Comments
Louisiana Landowners Score Property Rights Win in Dusky Gopher Frog Case

In a victory for property rights, a Louisiana family earlier this month reached a settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in which the federal government agreed to drop its efforts to designate a critical habitat designation for the dusky gopher frog on their land.

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EPA Repeals Clean Power Plan

EPA Repeals Clean Power Plan

On Wednesday, June 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its repeal of an Obama administration greenhouse gas rule for power plants and adopted a new regulation in its place. The new rule will not adversely involve the housing industry.

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Lead-based Paint Not a Focus of New EPA Compliance Initiatives

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on June 20, 2019 1 Comment
Lead-based Paint Not a Focus of New EPA Compliance Initiatives

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released new national compliance initiatives that focus on six priority areas, which do not include lead exposure. Based on recommendations from NAHB, rather than develop a new enforcement initiative, the EPA will instead focus on implementing the Federal Lead Action Plan.

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House Panel Approves Long-Term Flood Insurance Reauthorization

Filed in Capitol Hill, Environmental by on June 12, 2019 0 Comments
House Panel Approves Long-Term Flood Insurance Reauthorization

The House Financial Services Committee voted today to advance NAHB-supported bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program for five years through Sept. 30, 2024.

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