Certified Green Professional (CGP)

South Bend, March 18, 2009, Mason Rusk received a CGP designation from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The Certified Green Professional designation recognizes builders who incorporate green building principles into homes, without driving up the cost of construction. Rusk learned green building methods from the organization leading the home building industry.

Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)

South Bend, March 24, 2011– Home Builders Association of St. Joseph Valley member Mason Rusk, CGP, CAPS, of Rusk Builders recently became one of the select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifiedas one of the building industry’s top professionals with skills and knowledge specific to home modifications for aging-in-place.
The CAPS designation program teaches the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry—home modifications for the aging-in-place. The CAPS designation identifies building industry professionals that have been trained to help retirees and older adults remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of income or ability level, and continue to live in a familiar environment throughout their maturing years.
In three days of coursework, the CAPS curriculum incorporates a variety of information tailored to aging-in-place home modifications, including: background on the older adult population; communication techniques; common aging-in-place remodeling projects; marketing to the aging-in-place market; common barriers and solutions; codes and standards; product ideas and resources; and business management. CAPS program graduates are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and/or participating in community service projects.