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April 1, 2013 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Cindy Wasser Becomes Home Innovation NGBS Green Building Programs Manager

Today, Home Innovation Research Labs is pleased to welcome Cindy Wasser as its new manager of green building programs. This hire represents the rapid and continuing growth of the Home Innovation NGBS Green Certification Program, particularly following the recent ANSI approval of the 2012 version of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) which opened even more opportunities for mainstream builders, remodelers, and developers to get involved in effective, affordable green home building.

In her new position, Wasser will be managing the day-to-day operations of the Home Innovation NGBS Green Certification Program, including interaction with program builder/remodeler/developer partners, accredited verifiers, and manufacturers of NGBS Green Certified Products. She will also spend a portion of her time travelling around the country to educate the public and prospective program partners on the NGBS and the certification program. She is hitting the ground running with trips and meetings already planned for the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina, and the National Apartment Association Green Conference in Baltimore in just her first two weeks on the job!

"We are really excited to have Cindy on board," said Michelle Desiderio, vice president of innovation services for Home Innovation Research Labs. "Her background and passion for green building will serve our program and our program participants well. We have seen a tremendous amount of growth in our program over the last couple years, especially in the multifamily arena and now in remodeling with the addition of the 'small remodeling project' certification option in the 2012 NGBS. Cindy will take the lead role in managing our growth in these areas, as well as in enhancing our marketing and educating various audiences on the NGBS." 

Prior to joining Home Innovation Research Labs, Wasser was an Infrastructure & Sustainability Associate with the National Association of Counties (NACo) in Washington, DC. In that role, she developed resources and training opportunities for county elected officials and staff on topics related to sustainability and community planning, managed NACo's Green Government Initiative Advisory Board and Green Purchasing Task Force members and activities, supported online educational initiatives, and was involved in planning and on-site support for NACo forums and conferences. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior, with a concentration in Environmental Planning and Design.

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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.