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The NAHB Research Center is accepting public comments for an update on the standard used to define what areas of a single-family home can be counted when calculating its total square footage. The public comment period ends Dec. 5.
Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Development Organization, the Research Center is serving as the secretariat or administrator of the development process for the American National Standard for Single-Family Residential Buildings, Square Footage — Method of Calculating, ANSI Z765-2003.
The standard — which provides methods to determine and report square-footage measurements for attached and detached single-family houses — was originally developed by the Research Center in 1996 and has been in use since then.
As an ANSI-approved standard, ANSI Z765-2003 is subject to periodic updates to ensure that advances in building codes, technology and other developments can be considered for incorporation.
Earlier this year, a consensus committee was selected to review the standard. After meeting twice via teleconferences to discuss the standard, the committee decided that no substantive changes were required and proposed to reaffirm the existing document.
However, individuals or organizations can submit comments to be considered during the 45-day public comment period.
To Submit Comments
Sections 1 through 4 of the standard are available for public review and comment. Other parts of the document, including the Foreword and Annex, are not subject to public review.
Complete instructions on filing comments are available online.
A list of the consensus committee members, meeting agendas and minutes, updates and a link to purchase a copy of the standard are also available on the same Research Center webpage.
For more information on the public comment period or the standards development process, email Tom Kenney at the NAHB Research Center, or call him at 301-430-6246.
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