Amid the uncertainty about the renewal of U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement comes word from British Columbia’s softwood trade envoy that there is a chance a new deal could be reached quickly – by summer or fall – but if that doesn’t happen, the talks could stretch into next year, News 1130 reported.
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The Florida legislature will be considering legislation next week that could change the way the Florida Building Code is updated. The proposals (HB 901 and SB 860) removes the provision requiring the International Code be used as a baseline, and instead requires the “6th edition, and subsequent editions, of the Florida Building Code,” be used as the foundation for the development and updates to the state code.
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The effective date of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) formaldehyde rule has been delayed until May 22, 2017. The original date of implementation was to be March 21st. The rule, along with four other “Obama-era” regulations, has been delayed pursuant to the January 20th regulatory freeze memorandum that was issued by the Trump administration to temporarily postpone the effective dates of these regulations. According to the Federal Register, “The further temporary delay in effective date until May 22, 2017, is necessary to give Agency officials the opportunity to decide whether they would like to conduct a substantive review of the five regulations….”
The Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Act of 2010 established emission standards for formaldehyde from composite wood products and directed EPA to finalize a rule on implementing and enforcing a number of provisions covering composite wood products. The EPA Formaldehyde rule was subsequently published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2016 to reduce exposure to formaldehyde emissions from certain composite wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States. EPA worked with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to help ensure the final national rule was consistent with California’s requirements for composite wood products, which incorporates enforcement provisions that include requirements for chain of custody documentation and emissions testing.
Sources: ChemicalWatch; Federal Register; EPA; CA Air Resources Board
A White House budget proposal could dismantle or privatize the Energy Star program, ending a popular federal project that certifies the energy efficiency of thousands of consumer products, including doors, windows and skylights.
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Canada’s Global News reported on Monday that the country’s national building codes will be changing over the next five years to adapt to climate change. The National Research Council (NRC), which establishes the model codes for building, energy, plumbing and fire, has started working on updating these codes as Canada encounters “more heavy rain, flood, high winds, snow, ice, temperature swings and all-around extreme weather.”
NRC program director, Philip Rizcallah, stated “What we want to do is take the latest research, innovation and products that are in the market and introduce those into the codes so that our buildings will be designed to account for climate change….We can see temperature-change trends, we can see higher wind-load trends, we can see evidence of wildfires for example in Fort Mac or Kelowna … in Calgary where we’ve had these flood situations where they’ve knocked out entire cities … the codes need to start adapting.”
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Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on Congressional Effort to Overturn OSHA Recordkeeping “Volks” Rule
Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement regarding the joint resolution of disapproval introduced today to overturn OSHA’s recordkeeping rule known as the “Volks” rule:
“NAHB commends the U.S. House of Representatives for using the Congressional Review Act in an effort to overturn OSHA’s Volks rule. We have vigorously opposed this rule from the start, and have led the charge alongside dozens of other industry groups who stand ready to fight this unlawful example of regulatory overreach.”
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