Trade Groups Rally Support for Home Performance Contractors
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) launched a campaign last week to help consumers better understand the rapidly growing high-performance home marketplace – homes that prioritize comfort, durability, wellness and affordability.
Demand has expanded over recent years, with the number of these homes certified to the National Green Building Standard® increasing by more than 57 percent since 2017.
Through their joint Home Performance Counts initiative, NAHB and NAR have come together to offer a comprehensive resource that educates consumers on the qualities and benefits of high-performance homes and facilitates communication on home performance between buyers, builders and real estate agents. As these practices continue to evolve, NAHB and NAR will also provide regular updates and new resources that examine the most recent market trends and sustainability research.
Trade group seeks $500 million in COVID-19 relief
While home performance contractors have been hit hard by COVID-19, the trade is well positioned to grow, thanks in part to consolidation among trade associations that has resulted growing clout in Washington D.C.
In June, for instance, both houses of Congress introduced legislation backed by the Building Performance Association that includes immediate relief and long-term support for residential energy efficiency contractors negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The HOPE for HOMES Act offers a two-pronged approach to support online contractor training and fuel re-hiring, while providing incentives to homeowners to invest in making their homes more energy efficient. It proposes spending $500 million to support online training to prepare contractors to advance America’s existing home infrastructure through the $6 billion Home Energy Savings Rebate program.
The bi-partisan legislation has the wide support of organizations across the industry including Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), Johnson Controls, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO).
“Home Performance Counts provides a common ground for our two organizations to work together to raise awareness of the benefits of green homes and the key role home builders and real estate agents can play in the home-buying process to ensure buyers get the high performance home of their dreams,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke, a custom home builder from Tampa, Fla. “Builders and Realtors® will also benefit from using a common language and having access to the latest trend data and information.”