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NAHB, Builders Score Big Win in SCOTUS Decision on WOTUS

May 30, 2023 | Comments Off on NAHB, Builders Score Big Win in SCOTUS Decision on WOTUS

In a major victory for NAHB, builders, developers and property owners, the Supreme Court on May 25 issued a unanimous decision in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency that will force the Biden administration to overhaul its “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule and ultimately provide builders and developers more certainty in the federal permitting process. “The decision…

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Lack of Resales Provides Boost to New Home Sales in April

May 30, 2023 | Comments Off on Lack of Resales Provides Boost to New Home Sales in April

Stabilizing mortgage rates and a lack of resale inventory provided a boost for new home sales in April, even as builders continue to wrestle with rising costs stemming from shortages of transformers and other building materials and a persistent lack of construction workers. Sales of newly built, single-family homes in April increased 4.1% to a…

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Government Plan to Adopt Latest Energy Codes a Blow to Housing Affordability

May 22, 2023 | Comments Off on Government Plan to Adopt Latest Energy Codes a Blow to Housing Affordability

In a move that will raise housing costs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are proposing to increase the stringency of energy codes for the new construction of HUD-insured and USDA-insured housing. Under current law, builders constructing new single-family and multifamily housing…

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Two-Year Pilot Program Confirms Need for Mental Health Resources in Construction

May 22, 2023 | Comments Off on Two-Year Pilot Program Confirms Need for Mental Health Resources in Construction

A pilot program focused on mental health issues in the residential construction industry recently confirmed the need for a more deliberate and permanent effort to reduce the stigma of discussing mental health within the construction industry. Leaders in the construction industry are encouraged to share or solicit personal stories of challenges with mental health issues…

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Lake Coulson Named Chief Lobbyist for NAHB

May 15, 2023 | Comments Off on Lake Coulson Named Chief Lobbyist for NAHB

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced today that Lake Coulson has been named as its new senior vice president for government affairs and chief lobbyist, taking over for Jim Tobin who was recently appointed CEO of the association. A dedicated government affairs professional with more than 20 years of policy and management experience,…

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