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Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Help Increase Output of Transformers

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Help Increase Output of Transformers Jan 19, 2024 With the strong backing of NAHB, Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with several other senators, introduced legislation to help ease the severe shortage of distribution transformers that is delaying home building projects and raising housing costs. The Distribution Transformer…

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EPA Hydrofluorocarbon Rule Will Impact Builders, but Deadline May Be Extended

EPA Hydrofluorocarbon Rule Will Impact Builders, but Deadline May Be Extended In a move potentially benefiting single-family and multifamily builders alike, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced it is considering delaying the effective date of a final rule seeking to reduce overall U.S. greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions. The rule would restrict the use…

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Nearly 7 out of 10 Households Can’t Afford a New Median-Priced Home

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Nearly 7 out of 10 Households Can’t Afford a New Median-Priced Home Rising home prices and interest rates are taking a terrible toll on housing affordability, with 87.5 million households — or roughly 69% of all U.S. households — unable to afford a new median priced home. In other words, seven out of 10 households…

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Construction Labor Market Remains Tight The construction labor market remains tight, with the number of job openings in the industry rising year over year. The job openings rate in construction edged down to 4.3% in December, with 337,000 open positions in the sector, following a historic high (445,000 openings) in October 2021. The December rate…

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Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

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Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers The U.S. Supreme Court today voted 6-3 to block the Biden administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine or testing mandate for employers with at least 100 workers. In issuing its decision, the Supreme Court stated that “OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has…

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Promote Careers in Construction with NAHB Resources

Promote Careers in Construction with NAHB Resources Finding qualified skilled labor continues to be a challenge for the residential construction industry. However, a recent NAHB economics analysis offers a glimmer of hope. The latest American Community Survey shows that more young people are entering the construction trades. Now is the time to build on the…

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EPA Declares Pre-2015 WOTUS Rule Now in Effect

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EPA Declares Pre-2015 WOTUS Rule Now in Effect Following the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona’s ruling on Monday to remand and vacate the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR), which defines the “waters of the U.S. (WOTUS),” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released a…

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Alamo Colleges Private-Sector Work-Study Program

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Private-Sector Work-Study Program Preparing Students for Careers Earn-and-Learn Opportunity Thanks to support from the U.S. Department of Education, students eligible for federal work-study can now earn-and-learn in the private sector through relevant work experiences. This program offers students the ability to enrich their academic knowledge, gain real-world experience, and improve their job prospects after graduation.…

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OSHA Issues New Guidance on COVID-19 Safety; New Safety Standard Likely Forthcoming

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OSHA Issues New Guidance on COVID-19 Safety; New Safety Standard Likely Forthcoming Late last month, OSHA issued “stronger safety guidance” on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This guidance includes a recommendation for implementing a workplace COVID-19 prevention program, which NAHB has made available to members since March 2020. OSHA is holding…

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Remodeling Industry Confidence Is Strong Despite COVID-19

Remodeling Industry Confidence Is Strong

Remodeling Industry Confidence Is Strong Despite COVID-19 NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) for the fourth quarter of 2020 posted a reading of 79, signaling residential remodelers’ strong confidence in their markets, for projects of all sizes. “The remodeling market was consistently strong throughout 2020, as home owners had more time on their hands to improve…

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