PATH Goal #3: Improve durability and reduce maintenance costs by 50 percent.

Planned Near Term Actions Milestone End Date Sponsoring
Agencies
Industry Partici- pation (footnote) Status of Progress in Completing Planned Actions
Objective #1: Determine high priority areas of need in residential construction relating to durability.
  • Analyze problems and issues that have been raised by builders and remodelers placing calls to the HOMEBASE Hotline.
6/30/99

HUD/
DOC/NIST
 
  • NIST/NAHB-RC held a Durability Summit on March 31, 1999. Issues were based on a review of HomeBase data. A system has been initiated whereby the HomeBase database is reviewed on a quarterly basis to continue to identify durability issues.
  • Develop draft housing durability/service life prediction protocol for use by NES-BIC and others.
3/31/00 DOC/NIST  
  • NIST contract with NES-BIC is in process.
  • Develop draft housing durability research agenda and initiate research activities.
9/30/99 DOC/NIST  
  • Durability Summit held in March 1999 to develop a durability research agenda.
Objective #2: Identify the magnitude and occurrence rates of various performance problems in existing housing.
  • Conduct a statistical survey of the existing housing stock.
9/30/00 HUD  
  • HUD has issued an RFP to conduct an initial pilot survey over the next 18 months.
Objective #3: Evaluate alternative materials that can improve the durability of building systems while reducing homeowner maintenance requirements.
  • Conduct a research needs assessment for alternative materials use in housing.
  HUD  
  • HUD has issued a cooperative agreement to the NAHB Research Center to conduct work in this area.
  • Begin work on a research needs assessment for wood product use in housing -- conducted in cooperation with university and industry researchers.
12/99 USDA/FPL  
  • Work in progress at USDA/FS.
Objective #4: Evaluate emerging technologies for their potential to prolong the life of residential structures.
  • Develop process for evaluating performance of a limited number of applications of new technologies prior to their widespread adoption.
6/30/99 HUD  
  • Performance evaluation plans are being developed for technologies being used in the NAHB Research Center demonstration projects.
Objective #5:Conduct evaluations and document the costs and performance attributes of PATH technologies that have been incorporated into recently completed demonstration projects.
  • See Goal 1, Objective 19.
5/30/99 DOE
HUD
 
  • See Goal 1, Objective 19.
Objective #6: Conduct research to improve performance of exterior building products.
  • Initiate research to reduce the time to measure the photo-degradation of paints.
On-going

DOC/NIST

 
  • Work being conducted through NISTís coatings research program.
  • Conduct research on durability of building material adhesives, material properties of composites under cyclic temperature and humidity conditions, durability of water-borne, water-repellent preservatives and other low VOC water-repellent finishes.
On-going USDA/FS  
  • Work in progress with $105K of USDA/FS funding.
9/30/00 USDA/FS  
  • $500K IAA with Forest Products Laboratory for research on wind resistance and durability of wood products.
  • Evaluate mechanical properties of treated lumber under conditions of high temperature and humidity.
10/00

USDA/FS

 
  • Work in progress with $25K of USDA/FS funding.
  • Evaluate the durability of reinforced glulam beams.
10/00 USDA/FS  
  • Work in progress with $25K of USDA/FS funding.
Objective #7: Conduct extensive field testing and evaluations with builders, remodelers, and product manufacturers on the installation and field performance of innovative products and construction practices that contribute toward enhanced durability and reduced maintenance and repair.
  • Begin evaluations of technology and construction process options that can improve construction durability.
7/31/99

HUD

 
  • Over 130 technologies have been included in the PATH technology inventory. An evaluation procedure was developed using building industry input for initial screening. Up to 12 promising technologies will be evaluated in the field by builders this summer.
  • Develop a Building Innovation Center through NES that can perform evaluations on emerging technologies.
6/30/99

DOC/NIST

 
  • NIST is initiating program activities since funding from HUD made available in March 1999.
  • Refine draft guides on structural safety and serviceability, functionality, durability, indoor atmosphere, acoustics and economics as components of performance standards for housing.
9/30/99

DOC/NIST  
  • Work is proceeding with ASTM E6.66 using both HUD and NIST funding.
Objective #8: Based on the results of previous evaluations, identify a set of high-priority technologies that, if accepted into practice, would help achieve PATH durability goals.
  • Durability research data to be produced in Computer Integrated Knowledge Systems
10/31/00

DOC/NIST

 
  • Durability research program planning has been initiated.
  • Distribute technical information to university based housing research centers.
On-going

HUD

 
  • NAHB Research Center is working closely with the 18 member Consortium of University-Based Housing Research Centers to disseminate research findings among consortium members and the building industry.
  • With other PATH partners, university and industry researchers, USDA Forest Service will continue distribution of research findings and conduct a conference/workshop on durability issues in housing.
Fall, 1999 USDA/FS  
  • Work in progress at USDA/FS.
Objective #9: Develop wide ranging product and systems demonstrations throughout the U.S. incorporating high-priority PATH technologies and evaluate methods for streamlining acceptance of advanced technologies and communicate the results to the industry and the general public.
  • Develop and build both site-built and manufactured homes that meet multiple PATH goals.
9/30/00 HUD  
  • Construction on 4 Marketable, Affordable, Durable, Entry-Level (MADE) homes is scheduled to begin this summer outside of Washington, DC.
9/30/99 HUD  
  • Construction of the "Next Generation" manufactured home prototype.