Remodelers Add Five Councils; Designations Top 1,800
Five local remodelers councils were formed this year, and the number of Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) and Certified Graduate Remodelor (CGR) designations among active remodelers now tops 1,800, the NAHB Remodelers reported at NAHB's fall board of directors meeting in Seattle earlier this month.
The new councils were formed with the Northern Illinois Home Builders Association, the Olympia Master Builders in Washington, the Home Builders Association of Hickory & Catawba Valley in North Carolina, the Home Builders Association of Greater Terre Haute, Ind. and the Home Builders Association of Burlington-Alamance County in North Carolina.
To boost membership and provide training, the remodelers council of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland will host a road show in October and the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire will host a show in November. The road show concept, created during NAHB Remodelers strategic planning sessions last year, feature nationally-known speakers who show participants how to make their businesses more profitable.
CAPS, CGR Designations
NAHB Remodelers reported 1,141 active CAPS and 732 active CGRs. In November, local home builders associations will offer a 50% discount on CAPS and CGR designation classes.
Specially Adaptive Housing Grant, Green Standards Discussed
Judith Caden, director at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan Guaranty Service, discussed the specially adaptive housing grant and loan program available to disabled veterans seeking to remodel their homes. Donnie Mack, a remodeler from Texas, has remodeled the homes of several disabled veterans and indicated that the VA program was beneficial.
The NAHB Remodelers also helped develop the remodelers’ portion of the working draft of the National Green Building Standard now available for public comment on the NAHB Research Center Web site. The green building standard is based on NAHB's Model Green Home Building Guidelines.
Pre-conference training will be available prior to the Remodeling Show in Las Vegas on Oct. 7-12. The remodelers will also conduct a strategic planning session for 2008.