Buy the Book, the NAHB's bookstore, has recently published a new book, Warranties for Builders and Remodelers, and new editions of two other books, Estimating Home Construction Costs and Home Builder Contracts & Construction Management Forms, that will be of use to builders of almost any size. All three can be purchased at

Created by NAHB staff attorneys, Warranties for Builders and Remodelers includes explanations of implied warranties, statutory warranties, warranties imposed by courts, and more; sample language and formats for warranty documents; a state-by-state list of cases and statutes applicable to construction claims; and more.

Estimating Home Construction Costs provides builders with types of estimates and when to use them; tips and formulas for figuring quantities easily and accurately; and procedures for integrating estimating with cost control, purchasing, and scheduling. It also offers a new sample floor plan and new worksheets, checklists, and a comprehensive glossary, as well as a list of resources.

Home Builder Contracts & Construction Management Forms contains 95 of the most useful business forms and contracts for builders, including sales and marketing forms, contracts and agreements, trade contractor specifications and checklists, and orientation and quality control documents. The book comes with a CD that builders can use to download the documents they need.

Get the Lead Out In late December the EPA proposed a new rule governing lead-based paint in the remodeling industry. The rule, which applies to contractors working in homes built before 1978, changes practices regarding training, licensing, and insurance, the costs of which will ultimately be passed on to the homeowner. Liability issues mean that fewer firms are likely to continue working in pre-1978 homes, thus limiting the availability of certified renovators to homeowners and driving costs even higher.

“We know that 90 percent of the homes built between 1960 and 1978 do not contain lead paint and that ... the typical renovation and remodeling work is done by the homeowner, whom EPA does not regulate,” said then-NAHB president Dave Wilson in a press release. “Forcing all remodeling firms to comply with onerous new rules ... is a waste of money and time that would be better spent on targeted prevention and eradication efforts.”

Back to School Throughout the month of February, the NAHB's University of Housing is offering incentives to affiliated HBAs to conduct continuing education classes that count toward an NAHB professional designation. Find out more by visiting /designations.

Car Pool Through Jan. 3, 2007, NAHB members can buy or lease a new 2005, 2006, or 2007 model-year GM auto and receive a $500 rebate. All GM brands—Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Pontiac, Saab, and Saturn—are included in the offer, but not all models are eligible. For more information, go to