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Graham Builder's Evan Fujimoto and Ryan Graham Earn Certified Aging-in-Place Designation
Graham Builder's Evan Fujimoto and Ryan Graham Earn Certified Aging-in-Place Designation

HONOLULU - www.grahambuilders.com - Graham Builders, Hawaii's premier design+build company, is pleased to announce that president Evan Fujimoto and vice president of operations Ryan Graham have earned their Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Hawaii residents age 65 and older grew at a rate of more than three times faster than the total state population from 2010 to 2011.

As Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists, both accept the responsibilities and obligations inherent in the National Home Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Code of Ethics, which includes complying with the rules and regulations prescribed by law and government agencies for the health, safety and welfare of the aging-in-place community.

"With Hawaii residents ages 65 and older growing at a rate of three times that of the total state population, it is important for home builders to understand what modifications are needed to help homeowners stay in their homes as they get older," said Evan Fujimoto, Graham Builders President. "This is especially relevant when you consider that many of Hawaii's homes are more than 50 years old. These homes were not built to handle an aging population or the equipment commonly used by older adults. Families who want to care for their elders at home must make residential changes to provide for their mobility and safety such as grab bars, wider hallways and doorways."

The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist is an exclusive designation offered by NAHB. To earn the CAPS certification, Fujimoto and Graham attended a two-day, three-course curriculum offered by NAHB. They also had to pass a written test.

Graham Builders is Hawaii's most experienced design and build company, crafting quality homes that last for generations. A true partner to clients, for the past 20 years Graham Builders has been guiding families through the design-build process, step-by-step with the most experienced professionals. The only design and build company in the state to have dedicated designers on staff to create a family's Home for Life, Graham Builders works closely with families through a collaborative process to bring their dreams to life. Leaders in multi-generation homes and aging-in-place design, Graham Builders is able to provide its expertise to those who need to modify their current home so they can live there for a lifetime. Graham Builders is the winner of the 2007 Better Business Bureau of Hawaii Torch Award for ethics in small business, and owns the distinction of being the first builder ever to win this prestigious award. The company has also been honored with 2008 Pacific Business News' Business Leadership Award.  For more information visit www.grahambuilders.com.

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