- The Washington Times - Monday, December 16, 2002

Michael Luzier has spent his entire career in the home-building industry, starting as a construction worker in college.
Now, the senior vice president of the National Association of Home Builders is taking the reins of the trade association's research center, which analyzes home and building standards for government agencies and contractors.
"I've developed much of my career in the home-building industry, and I feel I can use that experience and knowledge to expand our research center," said Mr. Luzier, 46.
Mr. Luzier, who will become president of the center in January, said he didn't expect the move to the new position in Upper Marlboro to be a big change from his work at the District-based association, where he has focused on improving the regulatory affairs and environmental departments for the last 20 years.
Before joining the association, Mr. Luzier was a regulator at Maryland's Department of Natural Resources.
"When I first came to the association, there was one regulator who was overwhelmed with the thousands of regulations out there," Mr. Luzier said. "Now, we have 26 regulators, and I want to bring that growth to the research center."
The biggest challenge will be adjusting to the different budget system, he said.
"At the association, the principal source of revenue comes from membership dues and our conventions," he said. "But the research center has to provide a productive stream of clients and keep its doors open, so it's a different financial setting."
He has plans for contracting the research center's analyses and data to more government agencies and lobbyists, in addition to manufacturers and general contractors.
Programs at the center include evaluating housing needs of senior citizens, establishing quality standards for housing construction and researching energy-efficient building methods.
Improved technology for product-development tests, studies and consumer preference surveys is his second goal. "If you can find more cost-effective and efficient ways to build a house, the public is that much closer to more affordable housing."
Kent Colton, chairman of the search committee, said the association reviewed 80 applicants nationwide and conducted 11 interviews before deciding on Mr. Luzier.
"Mike really has a marvelous background in all types of issues that the housing industry is facing on a national front, like environmental, regulatory, energy and funding issues," said Mr. Colton, president of K Colton LLC and former executive vice president of the association.
Mr. Luzier lives in Severna Park, Md., with his wife, Anne, and their four children.

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