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Education & Training Key to Overcoming Builder Challenges With Energy Codes

January 25, 2019

Two weeks ago, I blogged about a summary of findings to a builder survey, where more than 250 write-in responses to the question, “What are your biggest challenges in constructing homes to meet current energy codes?” were received.

Responses varied widely. In an attempt to summarize the breadth of responses, I would say they indicated that building more energy-efficient homes means the home building industry has to change, and change can be painful — particularly painful when the industry is producing at near capacity, labor and materials costs are rising, and both management and jobsite labor are in short supply. The 85% of respondents who indicated having challenges seemed to convey that the fast pace of building code changes is disrupting the design and construction of homes, and they are trying to sort things out.

Aside from increased price and labor pressures, virtually all remaining challenges mentioned could be solved by, or at least benefit from, more thorough education and training of the industry and homeowners. This includes training and education of…

Reviewing the verbatim responses of builders is particularly rich in insight. I’m happy to share these with manufacturers who might be interested seeing how they might be able to help with one or more of the challenges builders are facing.

Speaking of getting a lot from builder responses, there’s a perfect opportunity to do more of that with focus groups at the upcoming IBS/KBIS in Las Vegas. But, with less than a month before the show, we only have a limited number of slots available. I’m also available to meet up at IBS to discuss how our marketing research expertise can help you identify needs and plot solutions to our ever-more energy-conscious industry. Just get in touch and let’s discuss how we can best meet your needs.