NARI’s Federal Advocacy STRATEGIES 2018
As the Voice of the Remodeling Industry and as an industry leader, NARI seeks to build a greater understanding of the remodeling industry by government leaders. Since 2009, spending on home improvements has surpassed new home construction. There are almost 135 million housing units in the United States; 85 million homes are 25+ years old and in need of renovations, energy efficiency improvements, and routine maintenance. NARI can play a constructive role in the regulatory and legislative process so that government policies fully recognize the importance of the remodeling industry. NARI supports legislative and regulatory policies that are consistent with NARI’s core purpose and core values, reflecting the highest professional and ethical standards in the industry.
The national unemployment rate remains close to 4.0%, indicating a shrinking of the available workforce. NARI is conscious of the struggles by professional remodelers to find skilled workers. NARI will work with Congress, the U.S. Department of Labor, and other agencies to increase the pool of skilled workers available to the remodeling community. NARI supports increased training opportunities that will lead to greater access to skilled labor, without discrimination based on labor affiliation and size of business. In addition, NARI supports efforts to integrate Career and Technical Education back into High School curriculums across the country. Students today must be made aware of the option of a career in the Trades. In addition to working with government entities, NARI will continue to participate in Workforce Development Coalitions with other industry partners to help bring attention to this problem as well as work on solutions.
The building codes impact every facet of the remodeling project. Codes that do not reflect the current state of the art in building science and technology can have an adverse effect on the performance and profitably of NARI remodelers. To that end NARI will be involved in the development of applicable building codes.
NARI is a member of the ICC Industry Advisory Committee (IAC). Its purpose is to promote public health, safety, and welfare in the build environment by serving as a national forum for the building community to interface with the ICC.
NARI will work to improve the building codes related to indoor air quality and energy efficiency by providing input to the relevant committees of ASHRAE which is the standards organization that will establish and revise the standards found in the code
NARI will also work with interested organizations in support of including the requirement for contractors pulling permits on homes built before 1978 to be RRP Certified.
The number of federal mandates and paperwork associated with federal rules and regulations is growing at an alarming rate. NARI will support efforts in the House and Senate to give small businesses a more powerful voice in the regulatory development process and to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers that stifle business growth and job creation.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) lack of enforcement and failure to increase public awareness of the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) has created an underground economy of uncertified contractors who put families at risk and threaten the professionalism of the remodeling industry.
Additionally, EPA’s implementation of the RRP rules continues to be a concern. NARI remains troubled that EPA’s rules unnecessarily add costs to projects where there is no risk of lead poisoning. NARI will continue to push for tougher EPA enforcement against non-certified contractors who are endangering homeowners and their families.
NARI will work with the House, Senate, and Administration to ease regulatory burdens on the remodeling industry while not compromising health, safety and resources.
Comprehensive energy legislation was very close to being completed in 2016, included in that legislation was bipartisan energy-efficiency measures, which continue to attract attention as a way to advance the mutual interests of the environmental and business communities. While, the comprehensive bill failed to pass in 2016, a new bill has been introduced and placed on the Senate calendar this Congress. NARI has been and will continue to be a strong supporter of those measures that recognize the value of home energy improvements to existing homes. The organization remains hopeful that Congress can build on the work already done and quickly pass the energy bill.
Furthermore, NARI has been and continues to support tax incentives that promote energy-efficient technologies in existing homes and buildings. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (2018 BBA) passed by Congress and signed into law on February 9, 2018, extended all three of the energy efficient tax incentives that NARI has long supported. The tax credits and deductions expired at the end of 2016 but were retroactively reinstated for 2017. The three tax incentives listed below successfully encourage remodeling efforts around the country and NARI will continue to advocate for their reinstatement so they continue to be effective in the future.
Sec 25 C - the Energy-Efficiency Tax Credit -- applies to purchases of energy-efficient improvements to existing homes.
Sec 45L - the Energy-Efficient New Home Tax Credit.
Section 179 D - Energy efficient commercial buildings deduction -- the Commercial Building Tax Deduction.
Additionally, NARI is proud of its certification and training curriculum that includes instruction on the latest methods of providing customers with energy efficient homes. NARI will educate Congress on the Association’s certification programs to ensure that energy efficiency measures, contained in federal legislation, do not create additional or competing requirements that would place NARI members at a competitive disadvantage.
NARI Member Engagement
Engagement of congressional representatives by NARI members is critical to the success of our Advocacy program. NARI will support outreach to chapters to provide guidance and assistance in establishing relationships between our members and their congressional representatives. Additionally, on a case by case basis NARI will assist local chapter leaders reach out to state regulators to give input on State legislation and to develop enforcement strategies as appropriate.
Updates on bills and regulations that fit within these Federal Advocacy Priorities are posted to NARI’s Government Affairs page online at http://www.nari.org/industry/advocacy/