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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 …


Builders, Suppliers Offer Insight into Current Industry Conditions

At a breakfast organized by the Wilmington – Cape Fear Home Builders Association, a panel of five of the area’s top home building professionals offered insight into the current market conditions. Greater Wilmington Business Journal publisher Rob Kaiser served as moderator. All five panelists agreed that conditions are improving, but we’re still in a much …


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) …


WCFHBA Health & Employee Benefits Marketplace Now Open

  WCFHBA’s Health & Employee Benefits Marketplace is now open for business, which means that we can offer an unparalleled suite of employee benefit choices that comply with ACA requirements to you our members. Click here for a quick tour of YOUR marketplace. You can wait for a renewal with a rate hike that someone …


Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Awards Program

Are you involved with an exciting new development in the three-county area of Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender? Do you have a development that is special in its efforts to capture and preserve the natural amenities of the site for the enjoyment and appreciation of the future occupants? Are you trying to market to the …


New Hanover County Inspections Department Getting a Makeover

On August 1, construction will begin in the development services area at the New Hanover County Government Center.  When complete, the project will help county staff better serve customers. The work will involve temporarily relocating the permitting staff to an area near where they are today and will take up to 60 days to complete. …


Home Sales Surge After Slow First Quarter

From the NAHB Housing news continued to improve as pending home sales surged following a slow first quarter. Home prices also continued to move higher but at a more moderate pace, suggesting the extra push caused by investors may be slowing. Economic news, however, was mixed. Consumer confidence increased in response to improving labor market …


Leland’s Council Nix’s $1 Inspection Fee

As a way of attracting business to the area, Leland town officials reduced the town’s inspection fee to just one dollar last year.  This was a bold move and more than likely had an positive impact on our members’ bottom lines.  However after careful consideration of this year’s budget and the town’s overall finances the …


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 …

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