The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) is a nonprofit trade association bringing together builders and remodelers, suppliers, subcontractors, vendors and manufacturers, all with the same goal—to maintain a vibrant marketplace for Twin Cities families to choose the home, the builder, the remodeler to turn their dreams into reality. BATC also produces the spring and fall Parade of Homes and Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase.
Since the late 1920s, the mission of the builder’s association has been to improve the professionalism of its members. Today that tradition continues. Every member not only signs an ethics agreement (in the rare case that a dispute arises, you can call BATC to set up mediation at no charge), but takes great pride in improving their level of knowledge, and therefore the quality of their work. They understand resources, trends, and codes, and can save you valuable time and money. When you’re ready to build new or remodel your existing home, start by doing business with a qualified, professional BATC member.
Minnesota’s Green Path, a program of BATC, is designed for avid environmentalists, but was also created for anyone who wants to leave a lighter footprint or take advantage of energy cost savings.
Different from programs like LEED for Homes and MN GreenStar, MN Green Path was conceived for those who may not have the financial means to build to high green building standards. “This program recognizes that most people want to be responsible, but their budget only goes so far,” explains Wendy Danks with BATC. It’s not an “all or nothing” program.
The MN Green Path certified standard works in that you can receive certification by participating in two areas—energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality. MN Green Path homes are independently tested for energy efficiency through a HERS Index during construction, and homeowners are presented with a Home Performance Report (HPR). According to www.mngreenpath.org, “Like the vehicle sticker for your car, the HPR has your home’s rating and certification information. It tells you what’s under the hood, behind the walls, and the miles per gallon for your home. Every green feature and performance result earned through MN Green Path will be placed on the HPR – which helps you operate your home and is valuable when you sell it. In 2010, certified green homes spent an average of 21 percent less time on the market than non-certified homes.”
So far, MN Green Path homes have ranged from 10 percent more energy efficient than a code-built home, all the way to Don Shelby’s super-green home that was green enough to surpass the LEED-h Platinum standards (a Master Green Path certification).
Every step in the right direction makes a big difference. For more information about MN Green Path, visit mngreenpath.org or call 651-697-1954.
The charitable arm of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, the BATC Foundation, taps the talents and resources of the association’s member builders, remodelers, suppliers and others to support our communities. They build, remodel and repair homes, with the mission of working in partnership to provide housing for those in need.
Formerly called the Builders Outreach Foundation, the group began as a community service committee in the early 1990s. In 1995 the committee changed its structure to become the Builders Outreach Foundation, a non-profit 501C-3 charitable organization.
In October 1994, the Foundation took on their first project in the Frogtown area of St. Paul, leading to a partnership with St. Paul and the Greater Frogtown Community Development Corporation. The Foundation constructed homes for 19 families in Frogtown within several blocks, bringing a needed stability to the area.
In 2008, many, many BATC members helped to completely renovate the home of a wounded Iraq war veteran as Operation Dream Makeover. That was so rewarding that the Foundation renovated the homes for two more wounded Veterans in 2011 and 2012.
Today the Foundation continues to build, remodel, and repair homes for local families in need. Funding is generated through a variety of fundraisers, plus support from the public during the Parade of Homes tours when they make a charitable donation to tour the Dream Homes and Dream Remodeled Homes.