National Association of Home Builders
|Purpose||Representation of the housing industry|
Chief Executive Officer
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is one of the largest trade associations in the United States, representing the interests of home builders, developers, contractors, and associated businesses. The association works to ensure that housing is a national priority and that all Americans have access to safe, decent and affordable housing, whether they choose to buy a home or rent. NAHB is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1942, NAHB is a federation of more than 700 state and local associations. About a third of the more than 140,000 NAHB members are home builders or remodelers. The rest of the membership works in closely related specialties such as sales and marketing, housing finance, and building materials manufacturing and supply.
Each year, NAHB members build approximately 80% of new homes constructed in the United States.
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, analyze and forecast economic and consumer trends, and educate, train and disseminate information to members. NAHB represents the industry's interests on Capitol Hill. NAHB also works with federal agencies and state and local governments on regulations affecting the housing industry in areas such as mortgage finance, building codes, energy efficiency, and the environment.
NAHB organizes one of the largest trade shows in North America, the International Builders' Show® (IBS). It is the largest conference of its kind for the residential and light commercial construction industry. IBS is now co-located with the National Kitchen & Bath Association's Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® for Design and Construction Week, bringing together nearly 100,000 attendees focused on the home building and remodeling industries.
Affiliated Organizations and Events
The National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping the housing industry develop more effective approaches to home building, enhancing education and training for future generations of leaders in residential construction and increasing the body of knowledge on housing issues.
The Home Builders Institute, formerly NAHB Manpower, is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide education, career development, training, and placement of men and women serving the building industry. HBI runs training and career development programs at schools, military bases and veterans centers, correctional facilities, and in facilities in cooperation with state and local jobs programs.
Home Innovation Research Labs is an independent subsidiary of NAHB with a mission to perfect the home by helping clients improve the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of homes and home building products. Building materials and techniques are rigorously tested at a sprawling campus in Maryland.
Innovative Housing Showcase, a free public event on the National Mall in Washington presented by NAHB and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, features new building technologies and housing solutions that are making homeownership more affordable for American families and homes more resilient during natural disasters.
Government Affairs and Lobbying
NAHB is consistently named one of the top lobbyists in Washington. NAHB also manages a political action committee, BUILD-PAC, that contributes to housing-friendly candidates for U.S. Congress. In addition, NAHB government affairs and program area staff is heavily involved at the state and local levels advocating for a favorable legal and regulatory environment that aligns with NAHB's top priorities: housing affordability, workforce development, material costs, housing finance reform, and building codes.
The NAHB Office of Economic and Housing Policy conducts independent research and produces a number of important publications and indices, including the annual What Home Buyers Really Want report, the Home Building Geography Index (HBGI), and the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), a measure of home builder sentiment and widely considered to be an important leading economic indicator.
NAHB economists also provide valuable context to broader economic conditions and publish in-depth economic forecasts for the home building industry by geographic area.
NAHB offers its members extensive continuing education opportunities through online (both live and on-demand) courses, live in-person courses conducted by local HBAs, and hundreds of classes each year at IBS. In addition, NAHB promotes 13 professional designations, signifying a builder or remodeler's expertise in a particular area of home construction.
Publications and Member Information
NAHB publishes a wide array of digital publications, including:
- NAHB Now, the official blog of NAHB
- Eye on Housing, the blog of the Office of Economic and Housing Policy
- Best in American Living, a blog site for the BALA winners
- Know the Show, a blog site for IBS
- The Monday Morning Briefing, a weekly email newsletter of the top housing news that goes out to some 275,000 NAHB members and other subscribers
- Housing Developments, the NAHB podcast
Home Building Industry Awards
NAHB sponsors many specialty awards programs in the home building industry, including The Nationals (sales and marketing), Best in American Living Awards (BALA - home design), NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Award, and the Professional Women in Building Awards.
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- "The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2019". The Hill. Capitol Hill Publishing Corp. 2019-12-12. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
- "NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index". Investopedia.