Current Government Affairs Issues

Stay current with the most recent and pressing issues affecting our industry.

NAHB Hosting Lumber Webinar, Nov. 14

Posted on November 12, 2018

The recent import tariffs on lumber from Canada have generated higher interest among many builders in importing lumber from other countries that may or may not have properly graded the imported wood for structural use. Gradin...

Free Webinar Explores Enforcement of OSHA Silica Rule

Posted on November 1, 2018

NAHB is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, Nov. 8, Lessons Learned: OSHA Silica Rule 1 Year After Implementation, that will look at how the agency has been enforcing its new Respirable Crystalline Silica in Constructi...

HBA Recognizes Rep. Hartzler as a Defender of Housing

Posted on October 22, 2018

The HBA recently presented Rep. Vicky Hartzler with the Defender of Housing Award, which recognizes courageous federal legislators who have demonstrated strong support for housing and NAHB positions on key issues facing the i...

HBA Presents Defender of Housing Award to Rep. Yoder

Posted on October 16, 2018

HBA board members thanked Congressman Kevin Yoder for his support of the home-building industry at the October board meeting by presenting him with the NAHB's Defender of Housing award. Afterward, Yoder toured a New Mark Home...

Ashlar Homes Talks About Affects of Tariffs on Home Building

Posted on October 4, 2018

“My light-fixture supplier approached me and said somewhere between 15 to 20 percent is what they are looking at price-increase-wise and for us," President of Ashlar Homes Shawn Woods said. "That’s about $500 a house just...

Prairie Village Residents Unaware of “Unintended Consequences” of City’s Design Proposal

Posted on September 7, 2018

The City of Prairie Village is in the process of adopting new Neighborhood Design Standards for homes that would affect all incoming and current Prairie Village residents. The changes include added requirements for green spac...

Meet Congressman Yoder at Defender of Housing Award Presentation

Posted on August 20, 2018

Meet and discuss key industry issues with Congressman Kevin Yoder when the HBA presents him with NAHB’s Defender of Housing Award on Aug. 27 at 3:30 p.m. The NAHB Defender of Housing Award recognizes federal legislators who...

OSHA Releases Silica Standard FAQ for Construction

Posted on August 15, 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday released a set of 53 frequently asked questions – and their answers – to provide guidance to employers and employees on its respirable crystalline silica standar...

Builders Say Lumber Prices Are Hurting Affordability

Posted on June 22, 2018

In a recent NAHB survey, over 40 percent of builders said construction costs in general are causing home buyers to hold back from purchasing a new home, and over 90 percent said that lumber prices specifically are hurting aff...

Shortages of Framing Lumber More Widespread than Ever

Posted on June 22, 2018

Shortages of framing lumber are now more widespread than at any time since NAHB began tracking the issue in 1994, according to results from the May 2018 survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. More than 30 pe...