Posts Tagged ‘ HUD ’

Housing Starts Rise in July

Aug 19th, 2014

Nationwide housing starts, fueled by strong single- and multifamily growth, rose 15.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.093 million units in July, the highest level since November 2013, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Single-family housing starts were up [...]

HUD Begins Adoption of 2012 AAMA Standard for Fenestration in Manufactured Housing

Jul 25th, 2014

The Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) has recommended the adoption of American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) current standards pertaining to fenestration in manufactured housing to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), according to AAMA. The MHCC is a statutory federal advisory committee body that provides recommendations to the HUD secretary on the [...]

South Goes South: Nationwide Housing Starts Down 9.3 Percent in June

Jul 18th, 2014

Nationwide housing production fell 9.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000 units in June, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The drop was due primarily to a nearly 30 percent decline in the South. All other regions posted monthly [...]

Two New ASTM Standards Will Aid Lead Abatement Techniques

Jul 1st, 2014

ASTM International has put forth two new standards that focus on composite wipe sample preparation for analysis following lead abatement activities in buildings. Permanently removing all traces of lead-based paint hazards is considered a crucial element in the rehabilitation of older buildings, particularly those built prior to 1970. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires wipe [...]

New-Home Sales Rise 6.4 Percent in April

May 27th, 2014

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 6.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 433,000 units in April, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. The gain builds on an upward revision of sales numbers reported for the previous month. “In a positive development, builders are adding inventory [...]

Obama Administration Expands Better Buildings Challenge to Multifamily Housing

Dec 6th, 2013

Building on $2 billion in financing commitments from the private sector for energy-efficiency updates to commercial buildings under the President’s Better Buildings Challenge, the U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has expanded the challenge to multifamily housing. “Over the last two years, President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge has helped drive [...]

New-Home Sales Rise 7.9 Percent in August

Sep 26th, 2013

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 7.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 421,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from HUD and U.S. Census Bureau. The gain partly offsets a dip in sales activity that occurred in July as consumers reacted to higher interest rates. “Sales of new homes [...]

IBHS Standards Recommended in Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Efforts

Aug 27th, 2013

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) Fortified Home programs and standards are recommended in the federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force’s Rebuilding Strategy released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The strategy includes 69 recommendations from the task force, which has been meeting since last year to create [...]