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IBS Pre-Show Thoughts and Observations

Having arrived in Orlando for the International Builders Show and NAHB Winter Boards, a few quick updates and observations:

  • Still no word on NAHB's lawsuit against the EPA to get the opt-out restored to the lead paint rules, but the NAHB legal staff didn't sound too optimistic on the potential for success. The questions from the judges during the oral arguments leads them to believe the prospects don't look good.
  • Look for a continued crackdown from OSHA. The agency is talking about further enforcement and rules in areas including fall safety, concrete dust and lead paint.
  • The show certainly looks small - it's not completely set up yet (show starts Wednesday), but it's certainly a shadow of its former self. Good move going to three days for the show in 2013.

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