Category Laws and Legislation


NAECA Changes will Impact the Design of Water Heaters

The U.S. Department of Energy regulates minimum energy efficiency requirements for water heaters. The first set of regulations – known as the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) – were created in 1990 and later updated in 2004 to the current standards. A new update to the rules for increasing minimum energy efficiency standards was …


New OSHA Reporting Requirements Start January 1

From the NAHB Blog: Beginning Jan. 1, 2015*, employers will be required to report all work-related fatalities to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration within eight hours, and allin-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Previously, employers were only required to report workplace fatalities and situations resulting in the …


BUILD-PAC Candidates Successful in Election

Nearly three million North Carolinians voted last week in the 2014 General Election. Congressional, legislative and local seats were up for election. Additionally, local initiatives like school bonds and transportation bonds were on the ballots. Locally, 100 % of the candidates supported by BUILD-PAC were elected. These include Congressional Representatives David Rouzer and Walter Jones …


Support Needed to Stop EPA’s Expansion of the Clean Water Act

On Tuesday, September 9 the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act.  This legislation is a key priority of the NAHB federation.  Please ask your representative to support H.R. 5078. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed expansion of the Clean Water Act (CWA) …


North Carolina Building Code Council Adopts Low E Emergency Rule

With an effective date of 7/2/14 the N.C. Building Code Council approved a temporary ruling to remove the mandatory requirement for Low-E glass from the North Carolina Residential Code until a solution can be found to eliminate this potential hazard.  To view the entire ruling along with the Temporary Rule please click here. Citizens of …


EPA Seeks Public Review and Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making the following document available for public review and comment: “Framework for Identifying and Evaluating Lead-Based Paint Hazards From Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings” (Framework). The Framework describes an approach for identifying and evaluating hazards created by renovations of public and commercial buildings (P&CBs). …


NC Rate Bureau Requests Increases up to 35% for Homeowners Insurance

The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a homeowners insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau in the late afternoon of Friday, January 3. The N.C. Rate Bureau has requested increases in our area of up to 35%, with a requested effective date of August 1, 2014. In coastal North Carolina, the requested rate …


Lower Lead Requirements for Drinking Water Plumbing Fixtures Begin January 4

Plumbing contractors as well as consumers should take note to check for proper certification marks on drinking water plumbing fixtures starting January 4. Those fixtures must meet new federal requirements for lower lead content. The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was enacted in 2011 and is an amendment to the federal Safe Drinking …