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NAHB Disappointed Biden Administration Not Eliminating Tariffs on Canadian Lumber

“NAHB is extremely disappointed that the Biden administration is turning a blind eye to America’s housing affordability crisis by refusing to eliminate tariffs on Canadian lumber at the same time it is considering rescinding tariffs on a wide range of Chinese goods to curb inflation."

NAHB Urges Congress to Take Steps to Get More Women in the Workforce

To get more women working in the residential construction sector and overall workforce, lawmakers must pursue flexible, targeted and incentive-based strategies to tackle the high cost of childcare and availability of paid leave, the National Association of Home Builders told Congress.

NAHB Commends Passage of Ocean Shipping Reform Act

NAHB commends Congress for acting in a bipartisan manner to pass the Ocean Shipping Reform Act.

President Biden Authorizes use of Defense Production Act to Accelerate Production of Solar Panel Parts

The White House announced that President Biden will authorize the Defense Production Act (DPA) to accelerate domestic production of clean energy technologies, including solar panel parts, including photovoltaic modules and module components.

White House Announces National Initiative to Advance Building Codes Based on the International Codes

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell announced a National Initiative to Advance Building Codes, a new government-wide effort to boost national resiliency and reduce energy costs.

Biden Administration Reveals Housing Supply Action Plan

The plan includes legislative and administrative actions to help close America’s housing supply shortfall in 5 years, starting with the creation and preservation of hundreds of thousands of affordable housing units in the next three years.

Florida Governor Signs Bill Granting Tax Exemption for Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) recently signed House Bill 7101, which will provide a two-year sales tax exemption for consumer purchases of impact-resistant windows and doors for residential properties in the state of Florida

NAHB Responds to U.S. Trade Rep's Visit to Canada

Jerry Konter, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, issued the following statement regarding U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s recent visit to Canada to discuss the U.S.-Canada trade relationship with her counterpart Mary Ng, Canada’s minister of International Trade, Export…

NAHB Members Send Letter to Biden Warning Growing Housing Affordability Crisis Threatens Economy

More than 10,000 members of the National Association of Home Builders sent a letter to President Biden on April 27 calling on the White House to take immediate action as the growing housing affordability crisis is pushing the housing market to an inflection point that threatens to derail the…

High-performance Facades, Recycling Top Agenda at Glass and Glazing Advocacy Day

Leaders in the architectural glass and fenestration industries met with Congressional representatives to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the industry, as part of the National Glass Association’s first-ever Glass and Glazing Advocacy Day, April 4-5. The largely productive discussions…

OSHA Proposes Rule to Amend Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Regulation

In addition to reporting their Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, the proposed rule would require certain establishments in certain high-hazards industries to electronically submit additional information from their Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, as well as their…

Industry Groups Applaud US Lifting UK Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

“The Biden administration’s move to end steel and aluminum tariffs from the United Kingdom is a welcome development and a positive first step that can help lower construction and housing costs," said Jerry Konter, NAHB chairman.

NAHB Calls for Ending Lumber Tariffs, Boosting Production at White House Event

The National Association of Home Builders urged the Biden administration to increase domestic production of timber from federal lands and to work with Canada on a new softwood lumber agreement that will eliminate tariffs during a virtual White House listening session on resolving the lumber and…

Proposed Energy Star Standards Further Help Glass Upgrades Pay for Themselves, Says EPA Analyst

EPA analyst Doug Anderson spoke in March to FGIA conference in-person and virtual attendees about the thinking and evidence behind the agency's draft 2 of the proposed ENERGY STAR 7.0 standards for architectural glass and window and door construction. 

Vinyl Institute Supports Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022

The bill seeks to address the long-standing, systemic supply chain and port disruption issues that the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated, especially the issue of detention and demurrage. 

President Biden Finalizes ‘Buy American’ Rule

President Biden's administration recently finalized a new rule to require any goods purchased with federal funding to contain 75 percent U.S.-made content by 2029.

WDMA Releases 2022 Policy Agenda

The advocacy agenda outlines policy priorities for the window, door, and skylight industry that will boost the housing and construction industry and support continued job creation in the vital U.S. manufacturing sector.

NAHB Responds to Lowering of Lumber Tariffs

"NAHB welcomes the Biden administration's move to reduce duties from 17.99 percent to 11.64 percent on softwood lumber shipments from Canada into the U.S. Reducing these tariffs is an important step forward to addressing America's growing housing affordability crisis and easing extreme price swings…

Move to Double Lumber Tariffs is a Gut Punch to American Home Buyers, Home Owners, says NAHB

"With the nation in the midst of a housing affordability crisis, the Biden administration has moved to slap a huge, unwanted tax hike on American home buyers and renters by doubling the tariffs on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. This is the worst time to add needless housing costs onto the…

President Biden Signs Infrastructure Bill

President Biden signed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on Nov. 15. The legislation provides $550 billion in new funding for infrastructure projects over the next five years including roads, bridges, ports, rail, waterways, airports, public transit, broadband and…

Action on Supply Chain Bottlenecks, Tariffs Needed to Boost Housing Affordability, says NAHB

Testifying before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations, NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke told lawmakers that disruptions in the building materials supply chain that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic are having a disproportionate impact on smaller…

OSHA Issues Updated Guidance to Protect Workers from the Coronavirus

The updated guidance reflects developments in science and data, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's updated COVID-19 guidance issued July 27.

NAHB Supports Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Chuck Fowke, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, issued the following statement today in support of the $1 trillion bipartisan Senate infrastructure bill.

WDMA Supports New Canadian Formaldehyde Regulations

While a thorough review of the annexed regulations is under way by WDMA staff and members of the WDMA National Architectural Door Council, the cursory review of the Rule appears to have satisfied most of the concerns raised by WDMA.

EPA Releases Proposed Energy Star Version 7.0 Specification

Last week EPA released its Energy Star Version 7.0 Residential Window, Door, and Skylight Draft 1 Specification for public review and comment. Comments are due Aug. 20, 2021.

NAHB Responds to White House Material Supply Chain Meeting

Chuck Fowke, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, issued the following statement upon the conclusion of last week's White House meeting to discuss home building material supply chain issues.

NAHB Urges Congress to Enact Policies to Help Builders Boost Housing Production

National Association of Home Builders CEO Jerry Howard testified before Congress on July 14 and called on lawmakers to enact key policy proposals that will help home builders to expand the housing supply, reduce the housing deficit and improve housing affordability for all Americans.

Commerce Secretary, NAHB Discuss Ideas to Resolve Lumber Issue

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo during a meeting last week with the National Association of Home Builders' senior officer team acknowledged the depth of the lumber price crisis and its effects on the residential construction industry, home buyers and renters. 

DOE Launches Initiative to Modernize Homes, Buildings

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm announced a new national initiative that EERE’s Building Technologies Office will lead to advance clean heating and cooling systems in buildings.

Steel Industry Groups Urge Biden to Keep Steel Tariffs In Place

Seven groups representing the domestic steel industry and labor urged President Joe Biden to ensure steel tariffs, put in place in 2018 to protect national security, are preserved.

Tax Credits for Employers Include Paid Leave for Employee Vaccinations

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department released further details of tax credits available under the American Rescue Plan to help small businesses, including providing paid leave for employees receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.

NAHB Commends Biden's Infrastructure Plan

President Joe Biden unveiled a comprehensive $2 trillion infrastructure plan in late March that would address roads, bridges and address climate change, racial inequities raising corporate taxes and more.

OSHA Announces National Emphasis Program on COVID-19 Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) on COVID-19 worker safety, which will focus on increasing OSHA inspections and enforcement efforts at high-contact worksites.

Biden Administration Announces Changes to Paycheck Protection Program

Last week, the Biden administration announced several changes to the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program, including that small businesses with fewer than 20 employees have an exclusive two-week window to apply for PPP loans beginning Feb. 24 through March 9.

WDMA 2021 National Policy Agenda Outlines Policy Priorities

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association released its 2021 WDMA National Policy Agenda, which outlines policy priorities for the window, door and skylight industry that will boost the housing and construction industry and support continued job creation in the vital U.S. manufacturing sector.

Trump Administration Lifts Reimposed Canadian Aluminum Tariffs

The Trump administration lifted the 10 percent tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada, which had been reimposed in August, according to CBC.CA.

US Reinstates Tariffs on Canadian Aluminum

President Trump reimposed a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports from Canada, effective Aug. 16, reported Politico. Canada issued retaliatory tariffs that will go into effect Sept. 16, according to BBC.

ICC-ES Applauds US-Mexico Canada Agreement, Offers Conformity Assessment Service in All Three Countries

Effective July 1, the United States-Mexico Canada Agreement, negotiated to replace NAFTA, officially entered into force. ICC Evaluation Service certifies products in all three USMCA markets and will continue to offer evaluation services in North America under the agreement.

NLRB Issues Joint-Employer Final Rule

The National Labor Relations Board issued its final rule governing joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act. The final rule restores the joint-employer standard that the Board applied for several decades prior to the 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris, but with the greater…

NAHB Commends President Trump on Signing USMCA Trade Deal

Dean Mon, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, issued the following statement after President Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Two San Diego County Firms Settle with EPA for Lead Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made two settlements in San Diego County, California, for violations of federal regulations related to lead. Home Remodeling Center, based in San Marcos, will pay a $22,275 penalty. Kaminskiy Design and Remodeling, based in San Diego, will pay a $20,454…

WDMA Applauds Congress for Ratifying the USMCA

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association released the following statement regarding the vote by the U.S. Senate to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. 

Trump Strikes Deal with China

The Trump Administration reached a Phase One deal with Chinese officials regarding the trading relationship between the two countries. As a part of this deal, the U.S. will cancel a 15 percent tariff on additional goods imported from China that were expected to go into effect on Dec. 15.

WDMA Criticizes Decision to Reinstate Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Argentina and Brazil

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association strongly criticized President Trump’s announcement that his Administration will reinstate Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Argentina and Brazil, which had been previously excluded.

President Trump to Impose New 10% Tariff on Chinese Goods

The U.S. may levy a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion in Chinese goods beginning on Sept. 1, according to reporting by the Washington Post.