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Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in News

The board of directors approved three new members at their July 20, 2017 board meeting. Affordable Metal Mfg. in Muscatine – Sponsored by Tim Ruth K+R Wholesale Building Materials in Camdenton, MO – Sponsored by Andy Martin Star Equipment Ltd. in Cedar Rapids – Sponsored by Tim Ruth Look for them at our upcoming meetings and say hello!

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NAHB and House Panel Reach Agreement on Flood Insurance Bill

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in News

NAHB and House Panel Reach Agreement on Flood Insurance Bill Filed in Capitol Hill by NAHB Now on July 20, 2017 • NAHB today reached an agreement with leaders of the House Financial Services Committee to craft a viable, long-term flood insurance reauthorization bill that will keep the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) fiscally sound and enable home builders to provide safe and affordable housing to consumers. “NAHB commends House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Housing Subcommittee Chair Sean Duffy for their leadership in working with us to produce a bill that will preserve rate affordability, shore up the NFIP and address the concerns of the housing community,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “With the NFIP set to expire on Sept. 30, we urge the House to pass this bill quickly.” NAHB and the committee leadership have worked together to provide a five-year reauthorization of the NFIP that: Eliminates a provision that would have ended NFIP coverage of new homes constructed in the 100-year floodplain; Ensures that “grandfathering” will remain available for all policyholders if their risk changes, which will enable home owners to have continued access to affordable flood insurance; and Sustains affordability by raising the annual premium floor for rate hikes from its current 5% level to 6.5% instead of the proposed rate of 8%. “As a builder who knows firsthand how flood insurance rate increases can hurt home owners, businesses and communities, I am pleased that the House Financial Services Committee has made such important progress on reauthorizing the NFIP,” said Randy Noel, a home builder from LaPlace, La. and NAHB first vice chairman. “This bill is critical to allow more borrowers to be covered by flood insurance and ensure that we can continue to provide safe and affordable housing in Louisiana and across the nation.” For more information, contact Jessica Hall at 800-368-5242...

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EPA Formally Withdraws National Post-Construction Rule

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in News

EPA Formally Withdraws National Post-Construction Rule Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Land Development by NAHB Now on July 20, 2017 • The Environmental Protection Agency today announced that long-awaited federal regulations to require all developers to install stormwater management devices have been jettisoned. In response to NAHB comments, EPA tabled the rule in 2014 that would have required “post-construction” controls for stormwater discharges. That rule would have required all builders to retain a certain volume of stormwater onsite, regardless of underlying soils or rainfall patterns. Some of the technologies EPA was thinking about mandating would be almost impossible in many urban areas, making smart-growth and redevelopment projects less likely to succeed. Since then, the shelved rule has sat on the agency’s “long-term action” list – not a priority, but still able to be revisited at a future date. Today, EPA, along with all other federal agencies, published an updated rulemaking agenda for 2017. This time, the agency announced that EPA’s would-be national post-construction rule has been officially withdrawn. Since EPA first announced its plans in December 2009, NAHB staff and members have submitted comments and letters, testified at hearings, served on small-business panels and met with appointed and elected officials to explain why EPA’s proposal was an incursion into land-use regulations and plain wouldn’t work. Today’s announcement doesn’t mean builders are out of the woods yet. As technologies such as green infrastructure continue to advance and more is known about the causes of urban water pollution, a growing number of states are using existing Clean Water Act authority to require stricter stormwater quantity or quality limits. EPA included in its announcement a commitment to pursuing education and technical assistance for new stormwater technologies: Good news for communities that increasingly need innovative, flexible options for managing stormwater. “If post-construction regulations are not designed and implemented in a thoughtful way, new standards can decrease the number of available pollutant-reduction options, increase costs, delay projects, result in poorly designed or maintained features, or simply occupy valuable space that could be used for housing or other community amenities,” said NAHB environmental program manager Eva Birk. “Alternatively, post-construction approaches such as green infrastructure, if implemented well, can seamlessly integrate into existing requirements, build value and achieve multiple community and environmental benefits. In many cases it will be up to the development community to speak up on a case-by-case basis to ensure that these new programs are cost effective,” she...

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