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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.