Seattle-based start-up Porch, seeking to solve the proverbial pain of attempting to select home service professionals who can be trusted, launched back in September of 2013, as the first and only free home improvement network connecting homeowners and renters with the right home service professionals based on who neighbors have used, project and cost history, and friend and neighbors' endorsements.
Now, the data driven home improvement network, has already made a couple of significant announcements. The company has rolled out a new monthly instalment on the site that provides home maintenance checklists to help homeowners plan their monthly home improvement projects. The column will appear on the Get Advice section and can be accessed here.
Each month Porch’s Editor-in Chief, Anne Reagan, will provide a home maintenance calendar that serves as a checklist for homeowners to assist in prioritizing what home improvement projects should be done each month.
“Our homes are a source of joy but also a constant source of work and effort,” says Reagan. “Breaking down prevention and maintenance tasks month-by-month, and doing the right jobs at the right time, will help homeowners and renters stay on top of that long list of chores.”
On February 5th, Porch announced its partnership with Innovation Research Labs. The collaboration will help consumers find and connect with those who design, build, and remodel National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS Green) Certified homes, verified by accredited third parties. This is a resource that will take the guesswork out of green home buying and remodeling for homeowners and renters across the country.
The partnership comes on the heels of recent reports indicating 2014 will be the greenest year yet for home building & remodeling. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in green goods and services is growing three times as fast as overall employment. According to recent findings from NAHB and McGraw Hill, in 2011 green building represented 17 percent of the home remodeling market; in 2013 that number grew to approximately 25 percent of the market, and remodeling firms doing largely green work are expected to double within the next five years. As more and more homeowners seek affordable, credible, and accessible green options, they need a better solution for understanding the true meaning of “going green,” and access to the professionals best equipped to meet their needs. Having information provided by Home Innovation on the Porch platform will provide that solution.
“The green building industry is booming,” said Michael Luzier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Home Innovation Research Labs. “In fact, the pipeline for our NGBS Green Certification program, through which we’ve already certified over 30,000 homes and lots since January 2009, forecasts 50 percent more certifications in the next year than we’ve done in any year to date.
Having these homes and remodels, as well as the architects, builders, and remodelers responsible for them, showcased on Porch.com, homeowners can have added confidence the green choices they make will result in more comfortable, healthier, more efficient homes that cost less to operate and fit with a sustainable lifestyle.”
NGBS Green certification goes well beyond saying a home is energy efficient. It provides independent, third-party verification that a new or remodeled home, apartment building, or land development is designed and built to achieve high performance in six key areas: Site Design, Resource Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Building Operation & Maintenance.
The NGBS was the first to be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a residential green building standard, and continues to lead the home building industry in its affordability, rigorous performance criteria, and flexibility to fit all types of home construction and all market needs. It is also the only available national green rating system specifically applicable to whole-house or small project remodeling.