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Week of May 10, 2004

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President's Message

* For Working Families, Affordable Housing Is in Short Supply

Housing and Economics

* Consumers Win Latest Round in Canadian Lumber Dispute
* A Housing Price Bubble Does Not Exist, Freddie Mac Economists Say
* Eye on the Economy

Housing Politics

* Sarbanes Blames ‘Ideologues’ for Impasse Over GSE Reform Legislation
* Provisions in Habitat Reform Bill Supported by Builders
* NAHB Unveils Virtual 'Get Out The Vote' Election Web Service

Business Management

* NAHB Kicks Off General Liability Insurance Initiative
* Review Your Accounting Reports to Protect Yourself From Fraud


* Supreme Court Decision Brings Good News on Residential Construction Equipment
* Storm Water Permit Guide Available at


* Stillman Knight Honored for Affordable Housing Efforts
* High-Density Housing an Opportunity for ‘Urban Quality’ Design

Small Builders and Remodelers

* Build a Brand: Become a Household Name
* Publicize May as National Remodeling Month in Your Market


* Survey Says Buyers Want Laundry Rooms, Linen Closets
* Best in American Living Awards Accepting Entries

Seniors Housing

* HUD Urged to Provide FHA Insurance for Age-Restricted Elderly Housing
* Not-So-Big Homes Provide Unique Marketing Advantages

Legal Issues

* Texas Town’s Misconduct Not Enough to Show Taking

Housing Finance

* Responses Sought on HUD Proposal For Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Housing Goals
* National Housing Conference to Honor Angelo Mozilo for Lowering Homeownership Barriers

Codes and Standards

* Stair Geometry, Window Sill Heights on Hearings Agenda


* Second International Housing Conference of the Americas Promotes Business Across Mexican Border


* NAHB Members, Job Corps Students Help DC Habitat in Family Build

Building Products

* Vinyl Siding Stays Put During Severe Weather

Builder's Engineer

* Gold-Fringed Business Cards?

Building News Coast To Coast

Association News & Events

* Calendar of Events

NBN Back Issues


Stair Geometry, Window Sill Heights on Hearings Agenda

Stair geometry, minimal window sill heights, carbon monoxide detectors and energy-efficiency requirements are among the issues on which NAHB Construction, Codes and Standards staff will provide testimony at the Final Action Hearings for the first 18-month development cycle of the International Codes. The hearings will be held May 17-20 in Overland Park, KS.

At the hearings, the general membership of the International Code Council will consider comments received from the public in response to decisions made by the Code Development Committees at initial hearings last fall. The membership will vote to affirm, amend or disapprove the committees’ decisions based upon the public comments and any additional testimony.

These hearings are the final step prior to the publication of the 2005 addendum to the 2003 editions of the International Codes; the changes approved at these hearings will be included in the 2006 editions of the codes.

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The positions of NAHB on individual code changes are guided through the entire code development process by the more than 25 members who make up the association’s Provisions Oversight Groups. These groups review all code changes and provide the input necessary for staff to effectively testify before the Code Development Committees and at the Final Action Hearings.

For more information, e-mail Joe Knarich on 800-368-5242, x8366.
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