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CSI: Certified Construction Product Representative Program
Construction Specifications Institute offers the Certified Construction Product Representative Program which includes training in in-depth understanding of the overall construction process and ability in the principles of effective product representation.

Safe Shopping: Resource Site For Online Consumers
Safe Shopping offers online consumer information on security, privacy, payment, sellers, products, terms, delivery, records, complaints, tips and more.
Industry Information

Builder Magazine: Builder Brand Study - Home Building Product Ratings
Builder magazine annual Brand Use Study, provides an in-depth look at the product brands builders recognize and use most and how they rate the brands' quality. The report highlights respondents' opinions about brands in 80 categories. Check out the list to see if your choices match your fellow builders. You can choose to view reports going back to 2002.

HIRL: 2013 Canadian Builder Practices Survey Of New Home Materials Purchasing
US National Association of Home Builders Home Innovation Research Labs has conducted the Canadian Builder Practices Survey. Like the US version, this study quantifies builders' detailed purchases of building materials for new homes.

NAHB: Housing Preferences Across Generations
NAHB has released its latest study tracking the evolution of home buyer preferences, titled Housing Preferences of the Boomer Generation: How They Compare to Other Home Buyers. The study answers key questions on how various designs influence the home purchase decision as well as the location, features and size of the home consumers want. Findings are based on a nationwide survey undertaken by NAHB’s Economics and Housing Policy Group in 2015.
Industry Sectors

BSIA BC: Building Supply Industry Association Of BC
Building Supply Industry Association Of BC is a trade association of BC retailers, suppliers, wholesalers and manufacturers that offers listings of member companies, industry news, events, education, links, and more.

CMA: Construction Marketing Association
Construction Marketing Association is a professional group focused on a broad range of resources and support for marketers in the construction category.

Canada Business Network: Canadian Resource Site For Importing
Canada Business Network provides resources on preparing to import, developing an importing plan, import controls, identifying suppliers, financing, regulations, standards, and other information sources.

Custom Home Magazine: Tips For Suppliers From Custom Builders
Custom Home magazine provides tips from custom builders on how building material dealers can improve their relationships.

NAHB: Who Influences Decisions On Buying Building Products
NAHB survey results show who is most often responsible for choosing products that go into a new home or home renovation, and where they are generally purchased.

US HUD: Guide For Manufacturers In New Product Adoption In Housing
US Department of Housing & Urban Development guide is designed to assist manufacturers in transferring new innovations into the home building industry. Containing lessons learned through interviews, focus groups, and case studies, this guide takes an inside look at today’s home building industry and provides tips for manufacturers looking to commercialize an innovation. (PDF)
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