Toolkit Provides Information on Storm Water Control
The NAHB Environmental Issues Committee has released a new toolkit for home builders and home builders associations on effective storm water and erosion control techniques.
The information is available at www.nahb.org/stormwatertoolkit.
Containing storm water runoff and eliminating erosion not only helps home builders and developers comply with Clean Water Act regulations, it can also reduce costs, add value to homes and increase profitability. With increased consumer awareness about green building and other environmental concerns, home buyers increasingly expect more attention to be paid to environmentally-friendly lot and site development.
As part of NAHB advocacy efforts to rein in overreaching regulation that can drive up costs and erode housing affordability, the educational materials contained in the toolkit are aimed at helping home builders comply with storm water management regulations, potentially decreasing the need for increased regulation and the fees that accompany it.
The toolkit can help HBAs devise strategies to support their members by:
- Underscoring the liability and consequences of dysfunctional or poorly planned practices and the benefits of those that avoid impacts entirely
- Providing training information that creates the most responsible and profitable results
- Promoting best practices in both traditional and sustainable storm water and erosion practices and policy tools.
The toolkit also contains a link to the new Stormwater Compliance Cards — a packet of instructions that can be downloaded, cut into eleven cards with storm water management tips, and carried from job site to job site. The cards can also be ordered pre-cut and pre-assembled on a handy carabiner clip. Quantity discounts are available.
E-mail Lindsay Cather at NAHB to order a set, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8163. She can also provide information on additional storm water resources available from NAHB.
'Storm Water Permitting: A Guide for Builders and Developers' Available at BuilderBooks.com
“Storm Water Permitting: A Guide for Builders and Developers,” available through BuilderBooks.com, provides a starting point for builders and developers to use in locating and understanding storm water permitting requirements.
The publication has been prepared to help builders comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's storm water requirements, and includes information on state permitting programs and more than 50 of the most commonly used Best Management Practices. Also included are tips on compliance, including how to handle visits from inspectors.
To view or purchase this guide online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.