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Front Page - Friday, February 28, 2020

Professional builder designations matter

The increase in multigenerational living and a growing population of older boomers in our area have a growing number of Chattanooga families renovating their homes to accommodate aging loved ones.

The trend also is generating demand for remodelers and builders who specialize in making home modifications that create safer, more convenient living spaces.

These professionals, Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS), have been trained in the unique needs of older adults and are well versed in a variety of techniques to enhance a home’s aesthetics, livability and value.

As part of February’s National Designation Month – when the Homebuilders Association of Greater Chattanooga and the National Association of Home Builders spotlight industry professionals who attain advanced training and achieve specialized designations – we recognize the importance of the CAPS designation.

CAPS builders and remodelers are helping homeowners throughout Hamilton County and North Georgia identify practical and comprehensive aging-in-place solutions, such as widening doors and hallways, installing brighter lighting, adding railings or grab bars to prevent falls, changing floor coverings to add traction to slippery surfaces and installing ease-of-reach systems.

These improvements, among many others, often allow homeowners to maintain their independence and stay in their current homes.

CAPS graduates pledge to uphold a strict code of ethics and operate their businesses at only the highest level of professionalism. Additionally, the designation means they have committed to build upon their knowledge of the latest aging-in-place strategies by attending continuing education programs.

Nearly 3,400 remodelers and homebuilders hold this esteemed designation, including CAPS builders and remodelers in Greater Chattanooga.

Local builders have also earned several other honorable designations:

Certified Green Professional (CGP) refers to builders who incorporate eco-friendly building principles without driving up the cost of construction.

Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) or Remodeler (CGR) is awarded to builders or remodelers who have several years of industry experience and possess advanced skills not only as builders or remodelers but also as trusted business managers

Finally, Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) is awarded to builders who work in the affordable housing industry and educate others on the complex regulations of the low-income housing tax credit.

If you would like to find a professional with the CAPS or any other highly regarded builder designation, visit the Homebuilders Association of Greater Chattanooga at hbagc.net.