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45-day public comment period for 2015 National Green Building Standard opens.

March 6, 2015 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Public Comment Period for National Green Building Standard 2015 Update Opens March 6th

As part of the development of the 2015 edition of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) and in accordance with the ANSI consensus process, Home Innovation Research Labs will commence a 45-day public comment period for the Draft Standard on March 6, 2015. Home Innovation Research Labs, an ANSI Accredited Developer, is serving as secretariat, or administrator, of the standard development process.

A PDF version of the Draft Standard, which includes all changes that were approved by the Consensus Committee, as well as a web-based submittal form with instructions for submitting comments are both accessible from www.HomeInnovation.com/NGBS. Anyone interested is eligible to submit comments on all changes shown on the draft version in underline/strikethrough text, all points associated with the practices in the NGBS, and all standards referenced throughout the NGBS draft. The deadline for submitting comments is April 20, 2015.

The Consensus Committee, chaired by Robert Ross, is scheduled to meet June 18-20, 2015, at the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C., to consider, hear public testimony, and take formal action on the public comments. The results of the public comment review will culminate in the release of the Second Draft Standard later in 2015. Once the committee has completed its work, the newly updated National Green Building Standard will be submitted to ANSI for approval.

Initiated originally in 2007 by the International Code Council (ICC) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the 2008 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) 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. The 2015 NGBS Update is a joint development effort between NAHB, ICC, and ASHRAE. 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 2015 NGBS development process, visit www.HomeInnovation.com/NGBS. Any questions regarding the public comment period or any part of the standards development process should be submitted via our online contact form.

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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.