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October 17, 2011

Public Comment Period for ANSI Square Footage Standard Opens October 17th

As an ANSI Accredited Standards Development Organization, Home Innovation Research Labs is issuing notice for public comment on the reaffirmation of the American National Standard for Single-Family Residential Buildings, Square Footage – Method of Calculating, ANSI Z765-2003. The public comment period commences October 17th and will end December 5th.

Upper Marlboro, Md. - As an ANSI Accredited Standards Development Organization, Home Innovation Research Labs is issuing notice for public comment on the reaffirmation of the American National Standard for Single-Family Residential Buildings, Square Footage – Method of Calculating, ANSI Z765-2003. The public comment period commences October 17th and will end December 5th.

This standard, which provides methodologies to determine and report square footage (area) measurements for attached and detached single-family houses, was originally developed by Home Innovation Research Labs in 1996 and has been in use continuously since then. As an ANSI-approved standard, ANSI Z765-2003 is subject to periodic updates as a way to ensure that advances in building codes, technology, and other developments can be considered for incorporation.

A Consensus Committee was selected earlier this year and met twice via teleconference to discuss the existing standard. Upon review and discussion, the Consensus Committee decided that no substantive changes were required and proposed to reaffirm the existing document. However, any individual, organization, or member of the Consensus Committee may now submit a comment to be considered during the 45-day public comment period.

Sections 1 through 4 of the standard are eligible for public review and comment. Other parts of the document, including the Foreword and Annex, are not subject to public review. Complete instructions on filing comments are available online. A list of the Consensus Committee members, meeting agendas and minutes, and a link to purchase a copy of the standard are all also available on the same webpage.

For additional information and all future updates on the 2012 standard review and update process, visit www.nahbrc.com/sqft2012. Any questions regarding the public comment period or any part of the standards development process should be directed to standards@homeinnovation.com, or you can contact Tom Kenney (301.430.6246) 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.

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