October Specialty News and Trends

NARI Launches Pilot of Green Remodeling Program

Association to offer professional designation in green remodeling

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) launched a pilot of its Green Remodeling program and anticipates offering the industry’s first designation in green remodeling — the CRGP — at some point in the near future.

“Green remodeling is beneficial because it results in lower operating costs for the home, increased comfort and resale value, healthier living, less maintenance and higher durability,” Everett Collier, CR, NARI president said. “Remodelers are increasingly exploring green remodeling principles for their overall value for their clients and for the sake of the environment.”

NARI’s Green Remodeling course is designed to provide remodelers with a solid foundation in Green Remodeling and allow them to start practicing immediately.

The course will consist of 15 topics related to green and sustainable remodeling including: Basic Building Science, Indoor Environmental Quality, Foundation, Framing, Roofing, Insulation, HVAC, Electrical, Renewable Energy, Appliances, Plumbing, Exterior Finishes, Interior, Materials and Finishes, Landscaping and Marketing a Green Remodeling Business.

A certification in Green Remodeling will also be available in the near future for those students who have taken the Green Remodeling course. Like all NARI certifications, applicants will need to meet specific requirements prior to testing. The class will meet once a week for two hours via a teleconference/webinar. The classes will be conducted by a trained instructor, and in each session a new topic will be covered that will prepare the participating contractors for the Green Remodeling certification test. The course will last for 12 weeks. Cost of the program is $495 for NARI members and $695 for nonmembers. Open enrollment for this program is tentatively set to begin in late November.

WDMA names Joel Hoiland president

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), the trade organization of window, door and skylight manufacturers, named Joel R. Hoiland CAE its new president.