National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) WWW.nkba.org
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry. Established in 1963 as a network of kitchen dealers, it has grown into the premier association of distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, fabricators, installers, designers, and other professionals. The NKBA’s certification program emphasizes continuing education and career development and includes designers and professionals in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry. The NKBA has become a valuable resource for both professionals and consumers.
Builder’s Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) WWW.batc.org
The Builder’s Association of the Twin Cities is a nonprofit organization composed of BATC members and supporters. The BATC Foundation taps the talents and resources of the Association’s member builders, remodelers, suppliers and volunteers to support our communities and to help Twin Cities residents and families in need. They build homes, provide remodeling and repair, as well as offer scholarships for young people entering the construction industry. Stable and quality housing not only helps families, but provides a much needed base for further economic growth within the Twin Cities area.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) WWW.nahb.org
Since it was founded in the early 1940s, The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has served as the voice of America’s housing industry. NAHB works to ensure that housing is a national priority and that all Americans have access to safe, decent and affordable housing, whether they choose to buy a home or rent. Meeting its members’ business needs and ensuring that they have the tools and resources necessary to succeed is an equally important task, so NAHB also provides educational opportunities, including the International Builders’ Show or IBS, the single most important event of the year for the home building industry and the world’s largest show of its kind for the residential and light commercial construction industry.
Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS)
The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place. The baby boom generation has many choices as this large population considers where to live – but overwhelmingly, seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes. The CAPS designation offers potential clients what they need most: reassurances that we can help them make the choices that will help them stay in their homes safely and securely.
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) WWW.asid.org
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people — designers, industry representatives, educators and students — committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, ASID strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Professional members of ASID must pass rigorous acceptance standards, including a combination of accredited design education and/or full-time work experience and passage of a two-day accreditation examination administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).
Green Path http://WWW.batc.org/
Eighty percent of first-time homeowners say they either really want or must have an overall energy-efficient home. MN’s Green Path begins with their trademarked Home Performance Report (HPR). This easy to understand document is the cornerstone of the program, and provides home buyers and homeowners with a uniform “window sticker” based upon RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scoring. With independent energy testing and a consistent index (HERS) documented by a third party, prospective home buyers have a valuable tool that helps them understand expected energy usage in the homes they are considering (especially when compared to older resale homes). MN Green Path offers holistic green options that allow home buyers and remodeling clients the freedom to choose the green features that are most important to them. Two levels (Advanced and Master) for new homes allow the builder to combine elective credits that make most sense for individual customers.
Big 50 http://www.remodeling.hw.net/big50/2006/
The Big50 is a remodeling business excellence award for best practices. Every May, REMODELING inducts 50 new companies that have set the standard for professionalism and integrity through smart marketing, exemplary business practices, unique design, and extraordinary impact on their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful, growing companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising the standards of the industry. To date, more than 1,000 remodelers who have demonstrated such excellence can boast being a member of the Big50.