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June 27, 2012

Public Comment Period on 2012 ICC 700 - National Green Building Standard Opens June 29th

Upper Marlboro, Md - As part of the development of the 2012 edition of ICC 700 - National Green Building Standard (NGBS), Home Innovation Research Labs will commence a 30-day public comment period for a specific revision to the Second Draft of the Standard on June 29, 2012. The Home Innovation Research Labs, an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, serves as secretariat for the development process.

The text of the revision is available at www.nahbrc.com/NGBS. The scope of this public comment period is limited to the action to restore Skylights & tubular daylighting devices (TDDs) as a separate fenestration category eligible for acquiring points within the Energy Efficiency Chapter. Only the revised language displayed in underline/strikethrough format is subject to public comment. All public comments are required to be submitted on a web-based form, available at www.nahbrc.com/NGBS. The deadline for submitting public comments is July 29, 2012.

Initiated originally in 2007 by the International Code Council and NAHB, the 2008 National Green Building Standard was developed by a 42-member Consensus Committee and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in January 2009, making it the first point-based rating system for green residential construction, remodeling, and land development to be approved by ANSI. As an ANSI-approved standard, the document is subject to periodic updates as a way to ensure that advances in building codes, technology, and other developments can be considered for incorporation.

For additional information and all future updates on the 2012 NGBS development process, visit www.nahbrc.com/NGBS. Any questions regarding the public comment period or any part of the standards development process should be directed to standards@homeinnovation.com.

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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.