NARI NewsWatch
Mar. 25, 2015

Can remodels reach zero energy?
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Zero energy homes typically rely on modern plastic foam insulation products that increase R-value and reduce leaks and air loss to seal the building envelope, dramatically decreasing the amount of energy needed to heat and cool a home. Steve Russell, vice president of the American Chemistry Council, explains how plastics can be used in zero-energy remodeling projects that save homeowners money.More

NARI attends JLC LIVE New England
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI National joined hundreds of exhibitors and residential construction professionals at JLC LIVE New England, last week March 20-21 in Providence, Rhode Island.More

Enter the Show Us Your Wheels NARI member contest
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Picturing yourself in a brand new vehicle just might win you a set of new Bosch Power Tools including a drill set and saw valued at $1,000. In the days leading up to and during the Spring Business Meeting (April 15–18), take a photo of yourself, your employees or family in front of FCA US vehicle (formerly Chrysler Group) and share it on one of NARI’s social media channels. The vehicles can be your own or from a dealership. The only thing that matters is that you follow these official rules.More

NARI UDCP Virtual Prep Course has new start date April 7
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
The Universal Design Certified Professional prep course addresses the concepts of universal design, including client's needs assessment, design applications, construction techniques, electrical systems and plumbing systems. The virtual class starts April 7 and runs every Tuesday for four weeks, 2-4 p.m., CST. Questions? Call or email Cindy: 847-298-9200. More

Putting you in the driver's seat of savings
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI members’ company owners and their employees are eligible for two key offers through the FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group) member benefit: $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease in the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM and Fiat lineup, and one of four On the Job program allowances, worth $1,000 of savings.More

Call for entries: Professional Remodeler Design Awards
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
If you've completed a project between Jan. 1, 2012 and June 1, 2015, that you feel exhibits remodeling excellence, then submit your masterpiece for judging in the Professional Remodeler Design Awards. Deadline is May 18. More

Chrysalis Awards deadline extended
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
The deadline to enter the Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence has been extended to April 10, 2015. The awards cover 28 categories of residential and commercial remodeling, and winners are selected for each of four geographical regions of the country. More

NARI in the News
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI members Jim Lebair, GCP, UDCP of JRL Design and Dennis Gehman, CR, CKBR, CLC of Gehman Design Remodeling provided advice in a recent article “Think Whole-Home Performance When Selling Energy Efficiency” that appeared in Replacement Contractor.

NARI Board Secretary Bruce Case, CLC, of Case Design/Remodeling had a column “Want to Understand Clients? Hire a Remodeler to Work on Your Home” in the March 21 issue of the REMODELING Daily Update.

Renovations Group, Inc., Elm Grove, WI, was highlighted in Houzz as Kitchen of the Week. More

Tips to starting a successful renovation business
By Archita Datta Majumdar
If you love design and décor, and you absolutely love the challenge of renovating homes, then this is a great time to start thinking about owning a business. There is more demand for a good renovator today than ever before. A winning combination of the improving economy, better job markets and more homes in the market have opened up the remodeling and interior design markets. Professionals around the country are relaxing their rigid business rules to invest and expand more.More

Strengthen relationships through technology
By Nate Budde
The construction industry is based on relationships. While the same can be said for many industries, the unique nature of construction projects puts these relationships into stark focus. The construction payment structure is complex, and the extensive network of parties on every construction project means there are inevitable payment delays. Building stronger relationships, and playing fair, can result in less payment trouble and more clarity. More