CAPS Program Flying High

The CAPS program is designed to teach strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically enriching, barrier-free living environments.

May 31, 2006

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NAHB predicts record $$ in '06
The Poll

Washington, D.C.— The NAHB Remodelors Council CAPS Board of Governors reported at its Spring Board Meeting in May that it anticipates another record number of graduates in 2006.

Through May, the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) program has 268 new graduates; the program had a record 294 graduates for the entire year 2005. The program was started in 2002 and had 53 initial graduates, followed by 175 in 2003 and 284 in 2004 — 1,074 total CAPS graduates through May 2006.

The CAPS program is designed to teach strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically enriching, barrier-free living environments. The program goes beyond design to address the codes and standards, common remodeling expenditures and projects, product ideas, and resources needed to provide comprehensive and practical aging-in-place solutions.

There are 91 CAPS classes scheduled for 2006. In addition, the NAHB University of Housing is working with Remodelors Council members to revise the CAPS courses in 2007.

CAPS has received significant media coverage recently, including a front-page article in USA Today and a segment on CBS' "Evening News."

Many statistics point in the direction of further growth for the aging-in-place trend. The 2000 Census reports that 4 percent of U.S. households (3.9 million) now have three or more generations living together. A 2004 study by the AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving reported that 9 million adults are living with a parent age 50 or older.

For more information about the CAPS program, log on to www.NAHB.com.

 

NAHB predicts record $$ in '06

NAHB economists are projecting that residential remodeling will increase 13 percent in 2006, the largest surge in a decade, to a record $238 billion in volume.

"We have seen extraordinary growth in the remodeling industry over the past year, and we expect to surpass that in 2006," said Vince Butler, chairman of the NAHB Remodelors Council and president of Butler Brothers Corp. in Clifton, Va. "The most popular remodeling projects continue to be kitchens and baths, which usually get the most return on the investment."


THE RESULTS

The Poll

How does your 2006 projected sales compare to 2005 sales?

1. Up by 100% or more
2. Up by 50–99%
3. Up by 25–49%
4. Up by 1–24%
5. Same
6. Down by 1–24%
7. Down by 25–49%
8. Down by 50% or more
To cast your vote and view the results as they are tabulated, visit www.ProRemodeler.com.


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