Building a House

Building 101

Where do I start?

Whether you’re wanting to build your dream home, add a special touch or remodel, figuring out where to start can be the toughest step. Below is a collection of articles to assist you in making your project a success.

Builder Certifications – Understanding Your Professionals

CAPS – Certified Aging in Place Specialist

The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) program teaches 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. Learn more about CAPS


CGR – Certified Graduate Remodeler

Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) is an exclusive professional designation designed to emphasize business management skills as the key to a professional remodeling operation. Learn more about CGR


CGP Certified Green Professional

The National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Green Professional™ designation recognizes builders, remodelers, and other industry professionals who incorporate green building principles into homes— without driving up the cost of construction.  Learn more about CGP


GMB – Graduate Master Builder

The ultimate symbol of the building professional, the Graduate Master Builder (GMB) designation is for experienced veterans only. GMB courses are more advanced with in-depth instruction geared for experienced building professionals.  Learn more about GMB



ATTENTION BUILDERS:  You can find out more about these designations and how to get certificed by visiting the National Association of Home Builders website (NAHB)  Our organization offers many classes as well.