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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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Consruction student

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 COVID 19 Safety Guidance

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

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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Social Distancing Construction Crew

As Cases Surge, NAHB Calls for Another COVID-19 Safety Stand Down Halt Work for 10 Minutes January 11-15, 2021 to Cover COVID-19 Safety Procedures NAHB encourages members and all other residential construction companies to halt work for at least 10 minutes the week of Jan. 11-15, 2021, for a COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Stand Down to remind…

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BuildSA Portal Training The City of San Antonio’s Development Services Department hosted a training session for GSABA members to provide instruction on how get set up and navigate through its new system, including how to: Set up your new BuildSA account Find and properly link/connect your licenses to your new account Create and assign delegates…

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Lumber Prices on the Rise – Again After drifting lower from mid-September to mid-November, lumber prices are on the rise again. Prices peaked at an all-time high of roughly $950 per thousand board feet in September before gradually moving down to around $550 per thousand board feet last month. However, prices have been moving upward…

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lumber prices higher

Commerce Department Cuts Lumber Tariffs from 20% to 9% With lumber prices experiencing extreme price volatility this year and harming housing affordability, a final determination of the first administrative review by the U.S. Commerce Department to reduce duties on shipments of Canadian lumber into the United States by more than half is good news for…

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PPP Loan

IRS Says Businesses with Forgiven PPP Loans Cannot Deduct Expenses Businesses that get their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans forgiven will not qualify for some valuable deductions, according to IRS guidance that reiterates its position taken in April. In addition, companies that have “a reasonable expectation that the government won’t require them to pay back…

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IBSx Registration Now Open Virtual event to be held online February 9-12, 2021 While the 2021 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) has indeed transitioned to a virtual event, the incredible and exclusive IBS opportunities that attendees have come to expect from the in-person event, will still exist and even expand to connect the home building…

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