After the Flood In February testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, NAHB president David Pressly Jr. said the association supports efforts to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to ensure the program's long-term financial stability.

To improve the program's solvency as well as its attractiveness to potential policyholders, the NAHB supports the following reforms:

  • Providing FEMA the authority to allow for slightly higher annual premium increases to allow the agency to reduce its indebtedness to the federal treasury.
  • Increasing coverage limits to better reflect today's home values.
  • Creating more insurance options to allow policyholders greater flexibility and to provide additional homeowner benefits while aiding program solvency.
  • Raising the minimum deductible for paid claims in order to provide a strong incentive for owners to protect their homes and thereby reduce potential future losses to the NFIP.
  • Updating the flood insurance rate maps to eliminate large discrepancies between what was mapped as the 100-year floodplain decades ago and what the 100-year floodplain is today. (“100-year floodplain” refers to an area that has a 1 percent chance of suffering a catastrophic flood in any given year.)
  • Start Working The Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of the NAHB, launched its “Make It Happen” career outreach campaign at the International Builders' Show in January. Funded in part by a $75,000 contribution from the National Housing Endowment, the NAHB's philanthropic arm, the campaign is designed to showcase the many rewarding careers available in today's home building industry.

    As part of the campaign, the HBI will offer printed educational materials in English and Spanish as well as a short video and DVD. A new Web site,, will also offer industry facts and information on such things as job growth projections, college construction programs, and salaries. To order materials or to get further information, visit the Web site or call 800-795-7955, ext. 8927.

    Expert Advice Homeowners looking for advice on where to turn for remodeling help now have access to a new tool. The NAHB Remodelors Council has created a free brochure, “How to Find a Professional Remodeler,” to help consumers locate and evaluate professional home remodelers. The brochure provides tips on finding candidates and assessing their business, technical, and customer service expertise. View the brochure content online at or call 800-368s5242, ext. 8216, to request a brochure by mail.

    Tech Support NAHB members can receive discounts on essential Dell computer products, including desktops, laptops, workstations, printers, servers, and more. Visit for more information.