In August, Home Innovation Research Labs, as an ANSI-approved standard developer, initiated the development of a professional qualifications standard for plumbing fixture replacement technicians, and issued a call for Consensus Committee applications to formally kick off the development effort. Home Innovation will serve as the secretariat and administrator of the standard development process. Once completed, the standard will be submitted for ANSI approval.

The Consensus Committee, which is charged with developing the technical requirements of the standard, must include a balanced representation of interests from government, building owners, contractors, product manufacturers, and other affected industry stakeholders that have a specific interest in plumbing fixture replacement and related workforce qualifications. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to apply to serve on the Consensus Committee. Applications must be submitted online by Sept. 15.

“ANSI rules for standards development provide checks and balances based on the principles of openness, consensus, balance, and due process,” said Michael Luzier, president and CEO of Home Innovation Research Labs. “With its requisite balance of stakeholders on the Consensus Committee and consideration of the views of all participants, this standard development process will provide an important opportunity to better align workforce qualifications for plumbing fixture replacement with the needs of today’s remodeling and maintenance markets.”

The Consensus Committee will hold two hearings in Washington, D.C., beginning in late 2014 or early 2015. During the meetings, committee members will review the working draft of the standard; propose needed changes; and then consider, discuss, and take formal action on all proposed changes. Once the committee has completed its work, the Professional Qualifications Standard for Plumbing Fixture Replacement Technicians will be submitted to ANSI for approval in 2015.

For the Consensus Committee application link and future updates on this development process, visit

Home Innovation, secretariat for the 2015 Update of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS), recently announced that the next meeting of the NGBS Consensus Committee will take place Nov. 6-8 at the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C. The meeting will be open to the public.

During this meeting, the committee will discuss and take formal action on all proposed changes to the 2012 NGBS that were previously submitted (deadline was March 24, 2014). Since the original meeting for this development process, the assigned task groups have been discussing the changes and will present their recommendations to the Consensus Committee for consideration.

All changes that are approved by the Consensus Committee will be open for a 45-day public comment period later this year. To stay up-to-date on the entire 2015 NGBS development process, visit

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