Codes and Standards Development

NAHB works with other organizations to develop and revise building codes and standards that affect single and multifamily housing, commercial buildings, and remodeling in the areas of structural, fire, energy, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, ventilation, and accessibility. NAHB studies proposed changes to decide whether they improve quality at a cost that's affordable to first-time homebuyers and supports those that increase value to the consumer.

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How much will new home buyers really save from some excessively stringent energy code proposals? The answers may surprise you.
8/21/2014
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Successful navigation of building codes, standards and guidelines is critical to the success of every builder, remodeler, construction manager and trade partner. This course is based on the current International Residential Code (IRC) requirements and includes a section on standards. The course …
4/17/2014
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2009 Home Builders’ Jobsite Codes provides the information from the 2009 International Residential Code in a compact, concise guide that can be taken along to the jobsite. The guide provides easy-to-read code requirements for every aspect of residential construction. This user-friendly …
2010
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Congress urges DOE to refrain from voting on all non-DOE proposals: This is the House Energy and Commerce Committee Letter.
9/30/2013
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The U.S. Department of Energy requires compliance to certain versions of the IECC for some projects. Get the facts here.
9/20/2013
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The mayors' group support of overly stringent energy codes is based on misleading data.
8/19/2013
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Get the answers you need to the most frequently asked questions on the jobsite.   This convenient field guide to the International Residential Code gives you easy access to the information you need. It serves as a quick reference for providing the codes on the most commonly needed aspects …
2008
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The residential construction industry is facing building code proposals that could significantly impact the design and cost of new homes and directly harm every builder’s and remodeler’s ability to complete a quality project at an affordable cost. Participation in the complex …
6/14/2013
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It's Time to Take Action. In November 2013, the International Code Council (ICC) approved a remote voting program to allows codes officials to vote on proposed code changes from their own office instead of having to attend the national code development hearings in person. This …
5/31/2013
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The letter expresses concerns that the 2012 IECC prescribes one specific product over another to meet a given level of energy-efficiency performance -- which can be a concern for small businesses and consumers.
11/20/2012
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