Home Innovation Research Labs
Upper Marlboro, MD
Thomas Kenney, P.E.
VP Engineering & Research
Home Innovation Research Labs (formerly the NAHB Research Center) was founded in 1964 as a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Originating as a small product testing laboratory, it has since grown to become a full-service market research, consulting, product testing, and accredited third-party certification agency dedicated solely to issues related to the home building industry.
Since its rather modest beginnings, its clients have grown to include stakeholders in every facet of the home building industry – including builders, product manufacturers, trade associations, and government agencies. As its clientele has grown, so has its facilities. The headquarters office building in Upper Marlboro, MD, a suburb of Washington, D.C., is now joined on its 25-acre research campus by a state-of-the-art product testing and market research facility, as well as several outdoor evaluation areas.
Over its nearly 50-year history, Home Innovation Research Labs has been integral in solving many of the industry’s most difficult product and technology issues, and helping to introduce some of its most beneficial innovations. Its deep history and vast expertise help to inform every interaction its team has with others in the industry.