Codes and Regulations

The original purpose of building codes was to protect public health and safety, but local government agencies have increasingly turned to codes to implement other policies. NAHB’s State and Local Issues Fund (SLIF) supports HBAs as they represent the home building industry during the code making or updating process. HBAs also use SLIF funding to create education programs that inform the public and elected officials about the cost and consequences of new requirements.

Holding Elected Officials Accountable for Codes

Acadian Home Builders Association (Lafayette, La.)

HBA representatives were appointed to a task force to repeal and replace the unified development code. As a result, the “Lafayette Development Code” was adopted. On numerous occasions, not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) residents and civic groups opposed to land development deals engage their city council members. In response, elected officials are swayed by their constituents and the development community accrues legal fees to overturn their decision. SLIF funding will help support an economic impact study, lead a grassroots campaign and hire a public relations firm to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions.

Estimated project cost: $40,000 

Funding request: $20,000 

Engaging in the City of Austin CodeNEXT update

HBA of Greater Austin (Texas)

The land development code in Austin has not been updated in 30 years. The HBA engaged its members in the code update called “CodeNEXT.” Public and neighborhood associations also had input on CodeNEXT which influenced city council members and the mayor. The HBA ramped up engagement efforts with CodeNEXT to encourage more and varied housing options, sustainable growth, efficient permitting, and multi-modal mobility that can accommodate the diversity of residential, commercial, cultural and community needs. SLIF funding will help deploy a variety of communication strategies, grassroots engagement, legal counsel and administrative consultants.

Estimated project cost: $500,000

Funding request: $20,000

Home Electrification, Electric Vehicle Charging Installation Mandates

Nevada Home Builders Association 

The Nevada legislature passed bill establishing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals and required state agencies to complete a statewide inventory of all GHG emissions in the state. The HBA found that the utility company is charging builders different reimbursement rates for townhomes and electric vehicle charging stations due to the misclassification of townhomes. The interpretation is increasing townhome construction costs. SLIF funding will help the HBA conduct an economic impact study and retain a law firm that specializes in utility law and lobbying.

Estimate project cost: $102,000 

Funding request: $20,000

Fighting the Fire Sprinkler Mandate

Building Industry Association of Hawaii

The Hawaii State Building Code Council considered adopting the 2012 IRC, which mandates the installation of automatic fire sprinklers in one and two-family homes. The BIA led an effort to introduce legislation prohibiting any county from mandating them. This legislation would not only exclude this provision from consideration in state and county codes but would also prohibit fire departments from requiring fire sprinklers in counties as a part of the fire code. With the help of SLIF funding, the BIA will develop an effective public outreach campaign on the issue, its associated costs and reasonable alternatives to automatic fire sprinklers.

Estimated project cost: $60,000

Funding request: $20,000 (NAHB previously approved $10,000. This is an additional request).

Townhome Definition/Fire Sprinklers Issue

HBA of Alabama and Greater Birmingham (Ala.) Association of Home Builders 

A city attorney in Alabama issued an opinion that would require the installation of fire sprinklers in new constructed townhomes because in the opinion of the city, a townhouse is not considered a single-family dwelling. The interpretation is based on a state adopted rule that single-family dwellings cannot be an attached. Fire sprinkler systems cost $19,000 per unit to install. The HBAs are teaming up to draft legislation on the state level that will define a single-family dwelling as not limited to “detached” housing. They have contracted with a public relations firm to develop a strategy.

Estimated project cost: $60,000 

Funding request: $20,000

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