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 •  January 20

The White House and Republican and Democratic congressional leaders failed to reach an agreement to extend government funding on Friday, resulting in a shutdown of certain federal government functions at 2:01 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 that will affect housing and home builders. It is unclear how long the shutdown will remain in effect. In most...

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 •  January 19

The Environmental Protection Agency has named Home Innovation Research Labs as the first Multifamily Review Organization (MRO) for high-rise, non-commercial projects seeking Energy Star certification. Rather than submitting Energy Star project documentation to EPA, project teams can work directly with Home Innovation for the review and approval of...

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 •  January 19

To support building industry professionals in obtaining the information and resources they need to help keep residential construction workers safe, NAHB created a new member and public awareness campaign called Safety 365. The campaign is a joint effort of the NAHB Construction Safety Committee and Builders Mutual Insurance Co., which has...

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 •  January 19

The cost and availability of labor along with building material prices stand out as the two most significant problems builders expect to face in 2018, according to a recent survey of NAHB members. A whopping 84% of respondents cited these two issues as major challenges this year, and not surprisingly, these were the top two concerns cited by...

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 •  January 18

Seven young building industry professionals were honored as “Ones to Watch” at the NAHB International Builders’ Show last week. “These award winners are already making an impact on the home building industry and setting the pace for their colleagues,” said Adam Aschmann, 2017 chair of the NAHB Young Professionals Committee. “I join the entire NAHB...

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 •  January 18

Nationwide housing starts fell 8.2% in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million units after an upwardly revised November reading, according to newly released data from HUD and the Commerce Department. The December numbers shows a return to trend after an especially strong November report, but overall 2017 saw significant gains...

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 •  January 18

NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 60 in the fourth quarter of 2017, up three points from the previous quarter and only the second time since 2001 that the reading has reached 60. For 19 consecutive quarters, the RMI has been at or above 50, which indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher compared to the...

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 •  January 17

2018 NAHB Remodelers Chair Joanne Theunissen Remodeler Joanne Theunissen, CGP, CGR, of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., was installed as the 2018 chair of the NAHB Remodelers last week during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando. As the new chair, Theunissen represents more than 53,000 members of NAHB involved in the remodeling industry. “The predicted...

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 •  January 17

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes dropped two points to 72 in January on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) after reaching an 18-year high in December 2017. “Builders are confident that changes to the tax code will promote the small business sector and boost broader economic growth,” said NAHB...

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 •  January 17

NAHB’s Construction, Codes and Standards Committee is seeking NAHB members interested in applying to serve for 2018 on one of its three subcommittees: the Building Codes and Standards Subcommittee, the Construction Technology Research Subcommittee, and the Energy and Green Codes and Standards Subcommittee. If you would like to apply to become a...