THE NAHB RESEARCH CENTER is expanding its presence in the environmental technologies arena and has brought on new people to get the job done. With generous funding from the National Housing Endowment and the recent addition of highly specialized staffers, the Research Center has created the National Center for Residential Land Development Technology (NCRLDT).

The NCRLDT's mission is to function as the premier source for objective, leading-edge research and information dissemination on land development issues. With the help of its newly expanded staff, the Research Center continues to improve and broaden the scope of its research capabilities in the areas of land development technology and research engineering. Areas of activity designated for expansion include stormwater management; pollution control technologies; brownfield development; on-site water treatment technologies; the relationship of land use patterns to environmental quality; and watershed management and modeling.

Among the new full-time talent is noted environmental engineering expert Alex P. Durán, a Harvard-educated Ph.D. and an adjunct instructor in environmental sciences and engineering at Daniel Webster College and Kennedy Western University. Other Research Center staffers hold advanced engineering degrees and adjunct professorships as well.

“The Research Center is recognized internationally for its research, testing, and certification services,” says Shawn Martin, Research Center director of applied technology. “Now, with our growing connection to the academic research world, our investment in the expansion of our expert staff should result in more offerings for our clients and the residential industry at large to improve home building products and practices.”

For over 40 years, the NAHB Research Center has been an expert resource for the home building industry, providing research programs that combine analysis of survey data with qualitative research, product design, lab testing, field evaluations, market assessment, development of market and distribution strategies, and more. For more information about the Research Center and the NCRLDT, visit