DCHFA

The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency launches the Housing Investment Platform with the...

DCHFA will launch the Housing Investment Platform (HIP) and Single Family Investment Pilot at the site of HIP’s first project Elvans Road Townhomes. DCHFA established HIP as a platform for innovative investments that will increase the Agency’s support of the D.C. housing market outside of traditional bond and tax credit financing. As a part of the Single Family Investment Pilot, DCHFA has partnered with H2DesignBuild and City First Bank of DC to construct Elvans Road Townhomes in Ward 8’s Barry Farm neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Committee Reviews Key Interior and Energy Nominees

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to consider six of President Trump’s nominees for key positions at the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Interior (DOI).
AGC

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT CLIMBS IN 41 STATES BETWEEN JUNE 2016 AND JUNE 2017 WHILE 25...

California, Rhode Island Add Most Jobs for the Year; Missouri and District of Columbia Have Largest Drops; California, New Jersey Top Monthly List; Georgia and Wisconsin Have Biggest Decreases for the Month
NIBS

Don’t Miss the Chance to Present at BEST5, Deadline August 1

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia invite you to submit abstracts for papers by August 1, for presentation at the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 16 – 18, 2018, at the historic Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
DOI

Secretary Zinke and Colorado Senator Gardner Announce more than $50 Million for National Parks...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced today that the National Park Service is teaming up with partners across the nation to distribute nearly $50 million in high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 parks in 29 states. Congress provided $20 million for the projects as part of the Centennial Challenge program which will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks.
ASE

Senate Funding Plan For Energy Efficiency Counters Misguided Cuts

The Alliance to Save Energy released the following statement from President Kateri Callahan regarding the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations bill report released Friday:
Defenders Wildlife

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT SIGNED FOR PANOCHE VALLEY SOLAR PROJECT

The Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (collectively the “Environmental Groups”), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and Panoche Valley Solar LLC (a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison Development, Inc.), have entered into a settlement agreement concerning the size and location of a solar project currently under development in California’s Panoche Valley.
EAST BALTIMORE REDEVELOPMENT

EAST BALTIMORE REDEVELOPMENT EARNS 2017 HUD SECRETARY AWARD FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

For years, dozens of historic rowhouses in an East Baltimore neighborhood sat vacant, boarded up and crumbling from neglect while nearby families were in need of affordable housing. Then, a $9.3 million redevelopment project rehabilitated 32 vacant rowhouses into beautiful affordable housing homes complete with a coffee shop and a workforce development center inside two mixed-use buildings.
NAR

Existing-Home Sales Retreat 1.8 Percent in June

Existing-home sales slipped in June as low supply kept homes selling at a near record pace but ultimately ended up muting overall activity, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the Midwest saw an increase in sales last month.
NAR

Realtors®, House Financial Services Committee Reach Agreement to Move Key Flood Insurance Legislation Forward

The National Association of Realtors® today said that significant improvements to the “21st Century Flood Reform Act,” key legislation aimed atstrengthening and reauthorizing(link is external) the National Flood Insurance Program, have cleared the way for endorsement of the bill. Among the changes, Realtors® support the House Financial Services Committee’s commitment to retaining “grandfathering” – a policy that protects homeowners from significant rate increases when a flood map changes.
ASE

Alliance To Save Energy Announces Six “Stars Of Energy Efficiency” Award Recipients For 2017

The 2017 Stars of Energy Efficiency awards, honoring the top energy efficiency innovators, will be presented to American Water, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Itron, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Schneider Electric and 7-Eleven, the Alliance to Save Energy (Alliance) announced today. The awards will be conferred before nearly 400 leaders from industry, government and the non-profit sectors at the 25th annual Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner on September 14 in Washington, D.C.
NLIHC

More than 40 Events Planned Across the Country to Demand Greater Investments in Affordable...

Thousands of advocates, organizations, and elected officials in more than 30 cities across the country will join the Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action, July 22 to 29, led by the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF), to call for increased federal investments in affordable housing and community development.
EPA

EPA WATERS Award Lauds Innovative and Effective Regional Drinking Water Improvements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 recently honored four Pacific Northwest communities for excellence in providing safe drinking water to the public by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The communities of Stevens County (Mission Ridge), WA, and Ashland, Baker City and Garibaldi, OR received this recognition after being nominated by their respective states.
NAHB

NAHB and House Panel Reach Agreement on Flood Insurance Bill

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today reached an agreement with leaders of the House Financial Services Committee to craft a viable, long-term flood insurance reauthorization bill that will keep the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) fiscally sound and enable home builders to provide safe and affordable housing to consumers.
Dave Fratello

Renowned Real Estate Blogger, Broker Speaks At Top Real Estate Tech Confab

“Stop Blogging! How To Build A Hyperlocal Content Machine” is the compelling title of the session that MB Confidential licensed real estate broker Dave Fratello will co-present at Inman Connect at the San Francisco Hilton, August 7-11, the nation’s largest real estate technology conference.
Noelle

Seattle Real Estate Expert Bortfeld to Speak At Top Real Estate Tech Conference

“What Consumers Really Want Will Shock You – Hint: It’s about them, not you!” is the provocative title of the session that Seattle real estate marketing expert Noelle Bortfeld, Chief Marketing Officer at Windermere Real Estate, will headline at Inman Connect at the San Francisco Hilton, August 7-11, the nation’s largest real estate technology conference.
NAHB

Remodeling Market Indicator Remains in Positive Territory

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 55 in the second quarter of 2017, down three points from the first quarter of 2017. For 17 consecutive quarters, the RMI has been at or above 50, which indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is lower. The overall RMI averages ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future remodeling activity.
NACWA

Guide Identifies State-by-State Opportunities, Barriers to Assisting Low-Income Water Customers

To assist low-income households in the U.S. with rising water and wastewater rates, seven leading water associations issued a guide that assesses the feasibility of rate-funded customer assistance programs (CAPs) in each state.
WSSC

WSSC Commissioners Approve $7 Million to Improve Water Infrastructure

WSSC commissioners today approved two construction contracts totaling $7 million to improve drinking water infrastructure in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. These contracts underscore WSSC’s clean water mission by replacing aging water mains in the Beltsville area of Prince George’s County and installing a new elevated water storage tank in the Clarksburg area of Montgomery County.
DCHFA

DCHFA Introduces Multi-Family Online Application

The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) takes its multifamily financing process completely online with the launch of the new Multi-Family Lending Application. “We developed this application to make it easier for developers to do business with the Agency to increase the production of affordable housing in the District of Columbia,” stated Todd A. Lee, Executive Director of DCHFA, “This is the first in a series of innovations in affordable housing finance that the Agency will deliver over the next 12 months.
DOE

Department of Energy Provides $40 Million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which will provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy.
EPA

EPA Selects Biddeford, Maine Project to Apply for Low-Cost Water Infrastructure Loan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting Maine Water Company in Biddeford, Maine to apply for a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES IN JUNE 2017

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for June 2017.
ABC National

ABC Announces Hire of Stephen Wiltshire as Safety Director

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that veteran construction safety expert Stephen M. Wiltshire has joined its 70-person staff as director of safety.
DOI

Share Interior Announces $13.3 Million for Improvements to Local Parks and Recreation in 22...

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service announced today $13.3 million through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program to assist 22 cities in 17 states with projects to plan, build, and enhance parks and other outdoor recreation facilities in underserved communities.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Committee Reviews U.S. Energy and Resource Security

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing held by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to examine the status of U.S. and North American energy and resource security. The hearing examined everything from the significant benefits that have resulted from the elimination of the domestic ban on crude oil exports in December 2015 to the need to maintain U.S. nuclear leadership and improve our waning mineral security.
MBA

Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 6.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 14, 2017. Last week's results included an adjustment for the Fourth of July holiday.
EPA

King County qualifies for $129 million from innovative EPA infrastructure loan for Georgetown wet...

Washington’s King County is one of only 12 communities nationwide selected for the first round of funding under a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency loan aimed at helping spark investment in critical infrastructure projects across the country.
NMHC

Apartment Markets Decline Slightly in the July NMHC Quarterly Survey

All four indexes of the National Multifamily Housing Council’s (NMHC) July Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions remained slightly below the breakeven level of 50, the fourth consecutive quarter indicating softening conditions. The Market Tightness (43), Sales Volume (47), Equity Financing (46), and Debt Financing (47) Indexes all improved from April, but still hovered just below 50
NAHB

Single-Family Housing Starts Bounce Back in June

Nationwide housing starts rose 8.3 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.22 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Single-family production increased 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 849,000 units from a below-trend May reading of 799,000, while multifamily starts rose 13.3 percent to 366,000. Single-family production was at its second-highest rate this year.

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Norton Reelected as Top Democrat on Highways and Transit Subcommittee

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) was elected by her fellow Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to return as the Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

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NIBS

Don’t Miss the Chance to Present at BEST5, Deadline August 1

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia invite you to submit abstracts for papers by August 1, for presentation at the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 16 – 18, 2018, at the historic Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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DCHFA

The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency launches the Housing Investment...

DCHFA will launch the Housing Investment Platform (HIP) and Single Family Investment Pilot at the site of HIP’s first project Elvans Road Townhomes. DCHFA established HIP as a platform for innovative investments that will increase the Agency’s support of the D.C. housing market outside of traditional bond and tax credit financing. As a part of the Single Family Investment Pilot, DCHFA has partnered with H2DesignBuild and City First Bank of DC to construct Elvans Road Townhomes in Ward 8’s Barry Farm neighborhood in Washington, D.C.