NAHB is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association whose mission is to enhance the climate for housing and the building industry. Chief among NAHB's goals is providing and expanding opportunities for all consumers to have safe, decent and affordable housing. As "the voice of America's housing industry," NAHB helps promote policies that will keep housing a national priority.
Founded in 1942, NAHB is a federation of more than 800 state and local associations. About one-third of NAHB's more than 175,000 members are home builders and/or remodelers. The remaining members are associates working in closely related fields within the housing industry, such as mortgage finance and building products and services.
The association is member-driven, with a professional staff of more than 300 in Washington. More than 2,800 members serve on the association's board of directors, which elects the association's Senior Officers and helps set the association's agenda.
NAHB's various groups analyze policy issues, take the industry's story to the public through the media and other outlets, monitor and work toward improving the housing finance system, and analyze and forecast economic and consumer trends. They also provide a wide range of services to members and Home Builder Associations. The association also represents the industry's interests on Capitol Hill and strives to ensure that housing remains a national priority when laws are made and policies are established. NAHB also works with federal agencies on regulations affecting the housing industry in areas such as mortgage finance, codes, energy and the environment.
NAHB's builder members construct about 80 percent of the new homes built each year in the United States.
NAHB's Annual Convention and Exposition, known as the International Builders' Show or IBS, is the largest show of its kind for the residential and light commercial construction industry. In 2011, the International Builders' Show will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
NAHB's affiliates include the NAHB Research Center, which develops, tests and evaluates new materials, methods, standards and equipment to improve the technology and the affordability of America's housing; and the Home Builders Institute, NAHB's workforce development arm, which develops and administers a wide range of educational and job training programs.
Mission:NAHB exists to represent the building industry by serving its members and affiliated state and local builders associations. To achieve an overall mission of member satisfaction, NAHB concentrates on the following goals:
Balanced national legislative, regulatory, and judicial public policy.
- Public appreciation for the importance of housing and those who provide it.
- The premier resource for industry information, education, research, and technical expertise.
- Improved business performance of its members and affiliates.
- Effective management of staff, financial, and physical resources to satisfy the association's needs.
NAHB strives to create an environment in which:
- All Americans have access to the housing of their choice and the opportunity to realize the American dream of homeownership.
- Builders have the freedom to operate as entrepreneurs in an open and competitive environment.
- Housing and those who provide it are recognized as the strength of the nation.
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