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May 6, 2011

Home Innovation Research Labs Initiates Process for Next Version of ANSI Square Footage Standard

Upper Marlboro, Md. - The Home Innovation Research Labs, an ANSI Accredited Standards Development Organization, announced today that it is officially beginning the process to revise or reaffirm the American National Standard for Single-Family Residential Buildings, Square Footage - Method of Calculating, ANSI Z765-2003. This standard, which has been in use since 1996, addresses the need for uniformity in calculating and reporting square footage (area) measurements of dwellings in the United States.

Following the ANSI prescribed consensus process, all interested parties in the residential market may contribute to the revision or reaffirmation of the standard by submitting public proposals or by applying to join the Consensus Committee. All committee business will be conducted by conference call and email. Meeting Notices and Tentative Agendas will be posted online 30 days in advance of all meetings.

Forms for proposed changes and Consensus Committee membership are available online. All submissions must be made by email by June 14, 2011. For updates on the standard development process, visit www.nahbrc.com/sqft2012. For more information, contact Tom Kenney at Home Innovation Research Labs. 

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ABOUT: Home Innovation Research Labs, located in Upper Marlboro, Md., is a full-service research, testing, and consulting firm determined to improve the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of single- and multifamily homes and home building products – in short, we aim to perfect the home. Founded in 1964 as a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), our team has been integral in solving many of our client’s most difficult product and technology issues, and helping to introduce some of the most groundbreaking innovations in residential construction. Through an interdisciplinary research approach – including market research, building science analysis, laboratory testing, and standards development – we help to find a home for innovation in the residential construction industry.

NOTE TO EDITORS ON STYLE USAGE: To identify this company and its work correctly, first reference should be "Home Innovation Research Labs." In subsequent mentions, "Home Innovation Labs” or simply “Home Innovation” are acceptable and accurate alternative references; we are not identified by an acronym. Prior to February 12, 2013, the company was known as the NAHB Research Center.