The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association with the broad mission of enhancing the climate for housing, homeownership and the residential building industry.
A federation of more than 800 state and local associations, NAHB represents more than 140,000 members nationwide. About one-third of NAHB’s members are home builders and/or remodelers. The others are associates working in closely related specialties such as sales and marketing, housing finance, and manufacturing or supplying building materials.
Since its inception in the early 1940s, NAHB has served as "the voice of America’s housing industry." Its primary goals are 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’s various groups analyze policy issues, take the industry’s story to the public, monitor and work toward improving the housing finance system, and analyze and forecast economic and consumer trends. They also provide a wide range of business-related services to members and affiliated home builder associations. NAHB also represents the industry’s interests on Capitol Hill as it strives to ensure that all housing remains a national priority when laws are made and policies are established. NAHB also works with federal agencies on regulations affecting the housing industry in areas such as mortgage finance, codes, energy and the environment.
At any given time, NAHB is working on more than 100 different issues relating to home building and the housing industry. In 2014, NAHB's efforts saved members roughly $6,882 on every housing start due to the association's advocacy efforts in the legislative, regulatory and legal arenas.
Each year, NAHB’s builder members construct about 80 percent of the new homes built in the United States, both single-family and multifamily.
Known as the NAHB International Builders' Show, or IBS, NAHB’s Annual Convention and Exposition is the single most important event of the year for the home building industry. It is now the centerpiece of Design & Construction Week™, a co-located mega-event that in 2015 included the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, the International Window Coverings Expo, The International Surface Event and Las Vegas Market. The next International Builders’ Show/Design & Construction Week will be held Jan. 19-21, 2016, in Las Vegas.
NAHB’s affiliates include Home Innovation Research Labs, which develops, tests and evaluates new materials, methods, standards and equipment to improve the technology and the affordability of America’s housing. HBI, NAHB’s workforce development arm, develops and administers a wide range of educational and job training programs.
The National Housing Endowment, NAHB's philanthropic arm, is a 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.