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December 21, 2011

Home Innovation Research Labs Announces Next Meeting of Consensus Committee For National Green Building Standard 2012 Update

Upper Marlboro, Md. - The Home Innovation Research Labs, secretariat for the 2012 Update of the National Green Building Standard, recently announced that the next meeting of the Consensus Committee will take place February 21-23, 2012, at the National Housing Center in Washington, DC. It will be open to the public.

During this meeting, the 41-member Consensus Committee will discuss and develop actions on public comments to the Draft Standard that were received by the deadline. Only changes in the Draft Standard, points, and the standard’s reference document were open for public comment.

Approximately 200 public comments were received for the Draft Standard. The nature of the comments touched on a wide range of topics including land development, resource efficiency, energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and operation and maintenance.

All changes that are approved by the Consensus Committee will be open for another public comment period. After all public comments are considered, the Consensus Committee’s charge will be complete and the revised standard will be submitted to ANSI for approval.

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.

A complete list of Consensus Committee members, Task Group assignments, and status updates on the proceedings can be found online at


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.