New Edition of NAHB Publication Offers Builders and Consumers Latest Guidelines on Home Performance

June 21, 2016

BuilderBooks, the publishing arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), just released the fifth edition of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines, the industry's most widely accepted reference on how homes should perform. Available in contractor and consumer versions, this fully revised and updated reference helps builders and remodelers successfully manage customer expectations while delivering high-performance homes.

Initially created and reviewed by more than 300 builders and remodelers, as well as representatives of specialty trade organizations, the fifth edition updates the performance guidelines to make the text more comprehensive and consistent with current building science advancements. The newest version should be used for all contracts written on or after Jan. 19, 2016.

"Both contractors and consumers can benefit from this great resource by opening a dialogue on expectations on how homes are meant to perform," said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady, a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill. "The latest edition of this manual contains even more detailed information and building science updates, providing clear guidelines for any home building or renovation job."

The new edition also features:

  • A unique collection of nearly 300 guidelines in 13 major construction categories
  • New guidelines on wall insulation, windows and glass, roofing, plumbing, electrical, flooring and more
  • Sample contract language
  • Remodeling-specific guidelines
  • Tips for taking critical measurements
  • A glossary of common terms

The consumer version of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines helps customers understand the basics of a properly constructed home and how it should perform during the warranty period. Builders and remodelers can give the Consumer Reference to every customer as an integral part of their warranty claims process.

The guidelines selected for this reference/publication deal with the issues that most frequently prompt questions between a contractor and customer; it is not meant to answer all questions that may arise during a typical residential construction project. They are meant to be a collection of minimum performance criteria. While a good starting point for residential construction performance, the book is not designed to take the place of a warranty.

Both Contractor and Consumer versions of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines are available in both hard copy and eBook format, and bulk orders are available. Place your order by visiting www.BuilderBooks.com or by calling 800-223-2665. 

Residential Construction Performance Guidelines, Fifth Edition--Contractor Reference ($39.95 NAHB member/$44.95 retail, ISBN 978-086718-743-4). 

Residential Construction Performance Guidelines, Fifth Edition--Consumer Reference, ($59.95 NAHB member/$69.95 retail, ISBN 978-086718-745-8). 

[Editor's Notes: Editors interested in receiving a review copy of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines, Fifth Edition, may contact Patricia Potts at 202-266-8224 or ppotts@nahb.org.]