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Electronic Submissions of Injury Records Due to OSHA July 1

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in News

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by NAHB Now on June 28, 2018 •  Certain companies, including some home builders, are required to electronically submit information from their 2017 Form 300A to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) by July 1. OSHA has long required covered companies with more than 10 employees to keep records of workplace injuries and illness on Form 300A. The only new requirement is that some companies now have to submit this information electronically through an online portal. Although the rule applies to a variety of establishments in certain industries with historically high rates of injuries, many businesses will be deemed exempt from the rule according to OSHA’s definition of “establishment”: It defines an establishment as “a single physical location where business is conducted or where services or industrial operations are performed. For activities where employees do not work at a single physical location … such as construction … the establishment is represented by main or branch offices, terminals, stations, etc. that either supervise such activities or are the base from which personnel carry out these activities.” For home builders that do meet the requirements, the July 1 deadline is for 2017 data only. Form 300A information for 2018 will need to be submitted by March 2, 2019. For more information, contact Rob Matuga at 800-368-5242...

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EPA Continues Wave of Action on Lead Regulations

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in News

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Remodelers by NAHB Now on June 29, 2018 •  On June 22, EPA released a proposal to lower the dust-lead hazard standards, which impact contractors who do lead-abatement work. EPA recommends tightening the standards from 40 and 250 micrograms per square foot to 10 and 100 micrograms per square foot on floors and window sills, respectively. The proposed rule is in response to a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court. Although advocates petitioned EPA to revise the definition of lead-based paint, EPA declined to propose any changes due to insufficient information to support a change. This means the proposed rule should not impact the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) that regulates remodeling activities in housing built before 1978. NAHB staff will be reviewing the proposal and submitting comments to the agency. The proposed rule is not the only recent agency action that addresses lead-based paint. Earlier this spring, EPA issued its final report on the economic impact of the RRP rule on small businesses. Also known as the 610 retrospective review, the report acknowledged that “a lead test kit meeting the rule’s positive response criterion has not come to market.” However, EPA concluded that the benefits of lead-safe work practices “continue to exceed its costs,” which NAHB Remodelers have demonstrated can be considerable. NAHB staff continues to review the report and is working with NAHB Remodelers leadership and industry allies to review next steps in responding to the agency. NAHB also is closely monitoring the Administration’s anticipated update to the interagency strategy document on reducing childhood exposure to lead. The document is expected to take a broader approach to the issue and not focus solely on lead-based paint. For more information about EPA’s lead-based paint regulations, please contact Tamra...

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We’re Hiring!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2018 in News

The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association is looking for a part-time Marketing, Event Planner, Administration Assistant. Please refer interested applicants to the Job Description below and have them send their resume to Karyl@HBAofIC.org Marketing & Administrative Assistant Job Descriptions...

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Builders Respond to Growing Interest in Green Homes

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in News

Builders Respond to Growing Interest in Green Homes Filed in Environmental, Home Building, Homeownership, Housing Trends on June 18, 2018 •    During National Homeownership Month in June, we’re focusing on the critical role that the home plays in our lives and how NAHB members are finding innovative ways to build the American Dream. Ongoing research by NAHB and its partners shows that many home buyers are interested in green, sustainable and high-performance building practices. NAHB’s report, Housing Preferences of the Boomer Generation: How They Compare to Other Home Buyers, asked home buyers across four generations – millennials, Gen Xers, baby boomers and seniors – what features they consider essential/desirable in a new home. Energy-efficient strategies, including ENERGY STAR appliances and windows and above-code insulation made the most-wanted list and would positively influence the purchase decision of 80% or more of all home buyers. Water-efficient features were also cited as essential/desirable by 72% of respondents. Builders are responding to this interest by increasingly incorporating these strategies in new home construction. “Homes constructed with green, sustainable and high-performance strategies offer home owners a product that can reduce their total cost of ownership through lower utility bills and can be resold at a premium in many markets,” said Troy Johns, founder of Urban Northwest Homes in Vancouver, Wash. “These homes also generally provide increased comfort and a healthier indoor environment for occupants.” Approximately one-quarter of the single-family builders in NAHB’s 2017 Green Practices Survey are building with strategies that would qualify for at least Bronze-level certification under the requirements of the 2015 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS). The NGBS is the only green rating system approved by the American National Standards Institute and provides third-party certification for residential construction through six key categories: site design, resource efficiency, water efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and building operation and maintenance. Homes must meet a minimum threshold in each category to achieve certification. The Green Practices Survey also showed that current home building practices among respondents met Bronze level certification in energy efficiency for 74% of the properties and over half met it for water, indoor environmental quality and operation/maintenance. To help industry professionals respond to the growing interest in green building, NAHB offers the Certified Green Professional™ and Master Certified Green Professional designations. These designations recognize builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green and sustainable building principles into homes. NAHB also offers educational courses in green building. Get started at nahb.org/learn. For more information about sustainable building practices, contact Michelle...

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