Home Innovation News

February 12, 2013 | Upper Marlboro, MD

An Industry Evolution: NAHB Research Center Becomes Home Innovation Research Labs

Today the NAHB Research Center announced that it has changed its name to Home Innovation Research Labs. Why would a company with a nearly 50-year history decide to make a move like this? To enhance the value its brand and certification mark provides clients in the increasingly competitive residential marketplace.

Nothing in this name change alters the company’s relationship with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as its independent subsidiary; its access to industry segments as a result of that relationship; or its unique research, testing, and third-party certification expertise. However, the new name will help provide building industry clients – such as product manufacturers, trade associations, home builders, remodelers, developers, and architects – with more brand equity and understanding with consumers.

This change was not a decision reached lightly. Over the last couple years, Home Innovation staff worked with a leading marketing communications company in the housing industry and a leading brand consulting firm. In an exhaustive research process conducted by these third-party consultants, the company’s value proposition, name, and certification mark were tested with consumers, builders, and product manufacturers.

With its long history steeped in research, the NAHB Research Center was accustomed to listening to data – and in regard to its name change, the data spoke loudly. Ninety-one percent (91%) of consumers surveyed said the new name (Home Innovation Research Labs) would impact their purchase decision favorably compared to the existing name, and 59% of builders surveyed said the new name was better than the existing name in conveying the meaning of the company’s certification seal and services. Interestingly, the builder group surveyed was about half NAHB members and half non-NAHB members, and support for the name change was equally positive with both groups. Ultimately, it was determined that a new name and accompanying marks would be the best strategy. As a first-phase of this brand overhaul, the company recently refurbished its online presence to better describe and position its capabilities and its clients’ products, all aimed at enhancing its marketing value to clients and business partners.

In order to make the name change transition as smooth and worry-free as possible for clients and business partners, Home Innovation Research Labs has rolled out a phased timeline for implementation of its new marks. The dates below indicate when everyone should begin seeing the new Home Innovation certification marks in use on products, green homes/buildings/land developments, and with builders, remodelers, developers, and architects participating in the company’s certification programs.

February 12th
  • Official NAHB Research Center name change to Home Innovation Research Labs goes into effect on corporate website and all documents/communications originating from our company
  • Manufacturers able to initiate use of new logo/mark on products, websites, and in other marketing materials
  • New certification marks include:
            Lab Tested  Lab Certified  NGBS Green Registered  NGBS Green Certified  Quality Certified
April 1st 
  • All manufacturers must begin using Home Innovation Research Labs Labs mark in some way; co-branding will be allowed/encouraged to alleviate any potential confusion among code inspectors 
October 1st 
  • All manufacturers required to complete transition from old to new certification marks 

For more information on Home Innovation Research Labs or the recent name change, visit www.HomeInnovation.com, or call 800.638.8556.

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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.