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Advisory Group for Resiliency Guidelines announced; first meeting set for February 2020.

January 31, 2020 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Home Innovation Announces Residential Resiliency Guide Advisory Group

Inaugural Meeting of Advisory Group for Residential Resilience Guidelines for Builders & Developers to Convene February 24th

After careful consideration of over 110 applications to be part of the Advisory Group for HUD’s Residential Resilience Guidelines for Builders & Developers, Home Innovation Research Labs is happy to announce the 31 individuals that will comprise the group, in addition to its chair, Randy Noel, MIRM, CGB, CMP, of REVE, Inc., a leading single-family builder from LaPlace, La.

Ultimately, with the guidance of this group, Home Innovation is tasked by HUD with producing a set of practical, actionable guidelines for builders and developers to design and construct residential buildings, neighborhoods, and accessory structures to improve residential resilience and integrate that resiliency with the entire community.

To accomplish this goal, Home Innovation was careful to select Advisory Group members who represent a diverse set of skills, experience, and regional knowledge. The group includes architects, engineers, planners, developers, emergency managers, building code officials, builders, and representatives from federal, state, and local government agencies. The group was also selected to ensure a balance within three specific categories of expertise – Users, Producers, and Public Interest. Below is a list of all members and the categories they represent.


  • Anne Anderson, SE, Green Mountain Structural Engineering, Camas, WA
  • Heather Anesta, PE, SE, Anesta Consulting, Delray Beach, FL
  • Illya Azaroff, AIA, +LAB Architect, NYCCT - CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
  • Dr. Henry Burton, SE, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Matthew Cooper, PE, PEG, LLC, Fairfax, VA
  • Andrew Kollar, AIA, Fused Studios, Lowell, MA
  • Darlene Rini, PE, Jensen Hughes, Los Angeles, CA
  • James Williams, AIA, PE, JMWA, Inc., South Jordan, UT


  • Francis Babineau, Johns Manville, Littleton, CO
  • Daniel Buckley, Garney Construction, Kansas City, MO
  • Michael Chandler, Chandler Design-Build Inc., Mebane, NC
  • Julia Donoho, AIA, Esq., Homebound Technologies, Inc., Santa Rosa, CA
  • Michael Funk, David Weekley Homes, Houston, TX
  • Maria Hernandez, H&H Design and Construction, Inc., Weston, FL
  • Elizabeth Miller, Camden Property Trust, Houston, TX
  • William Sanderson, Urban Community Developers, Inc., Covington, KY
  • Lisa Stephens, Saigebrook Development, LLC, Weatherford, TX
  • Frank Thompson, Sweetwater Builders, Cranberry Township, PA
  • Dr. Theresa Weston, DuPont, Richmond, VA


  • Michael Blanford, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Washington, DC
  • Dana Bres, PE, HUD-Retired Disaster Mitigation Expert, Washington, DC
  • Nicholas Crossley, Hamilton County Emergency Management, Cincinnati, OH
  • Melissa Deas, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment, City Climate Resilience Program, Washington, DC
  • Milton “Greg” Grew, AIA, CBO, Town of East Hartford Department of Inspections and Permits, East Hartford, CT
  • Dr. Therese P. McAllister, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Washington, DC
  • Amanda Siok, FEMA, Region 10-Earthquake, Tsunami & Volcano, Bothell, WA
  • Dana Sjostrom, CFM, Memphis-Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, Memphis, TN
  • Nancy Springer, CBO, Sacramento County Office of Development and Code Services, Sacramento, CA
  • Kristopher Stenger, AIA, City of Winter Park Building and Permitting Services, Winter Park, FL
  • Russell Strickland, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Reisterstown, MD
  • Meghan Walsh, AIA, USDA Rural Development/Auburn University, Washington, DC

The inaugural meeting of the Advisory Group will be Monday, February 24, 2020, at Home Innovation’s headquarters in Upper Marlboro, Md. During this initial meeting, the group will review processes and protocols for developing the Residential Resilience Guidelines for Builders & Developers, including:

  • Role and function of the Advisory Group, Chair, Task Groups
  • Voting requirements for content development & approval
  • Openness of the process – all meetings; public input/comment on drafts; etc.
  • Oversight role of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) PD&R Division
  • Role of Home Innovation Research Labs as moderator & manager of the Guideline development process

For more information on the project, contact John Peavey, P.E., Home Innovation’s Director, Building Science.

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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 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 construction industry.

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