PATH has created special activities that address every step a new technology takes toward acceptance by the homebuilding industry. To find out more, link to specific activities listed in the chart below or in the menu below. The PATH continuum below shows how each activity fits into PATH's goals and vision.
The PATH Continuum
PATH offers an activity at every step of the technological continuum; that is, the different stages a specific technology goes through until it is successfully incorporated into the market or will sustain a high rate of technological change in the industry.
Research and Development
Research and development entails technical investigations and creation of new areas of knowledge or actual products, including innovation in housing materials, systems, construction processes, and management techniques.
PATH encourages the development of knowledge about housing applications.
Standards and Metrics Research
PATH supports major studies to judge the capacities and characteristics of new and existing technologies through partnerships with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
PATH works with government research laboratories to develop unbiased data on housing technologies, bridging the gap between broader background knowledge and performance of developed technologies.
PATH supports technology development through agreements with trade associations and research groups.
Information Dissemination and Outreach
PATH links the fragmented interests of the diverse housing industry to facilitate the fruitful sharing of information about innovation at different stages within the PATH continuum.
PATH developed resources to ensure that outdated building codes do not keep a product from entering the marketplace.
Technology Identification and Market Introduction
PATH's Technology Inventory identifies emerging technologies in a wide range of categories to facilitate their speedy market introduction.
PATH Field Evaluations provide preliminary assessments and market entry points for PATH-identified technologies to encourage adoption and acceptance by the homebuilding industry.
Technology Demonstration and Market Penetration
PATH Demonstration Sites and National Pilots provide a platform for testing and evaluation of innovative housing technologies.
PATH collects builders' and homeowners' success stories, providing examples of how advanced and cost-effective technologies perform in real-world applications.
PATH provides easily accessible and comprehensible information about specific technologies and resourceful building practices through two Web sites, PATHnet.org and ToolBase.org.
Technology Awareness and Events
PATH provides a calendar of housing-related events around the world; press releases and news updates from PATH, PATH partners, and other industry sources; and informative PATH publications on a variety of housing topics.
PATH Planning and Barriers Analysis
PATH looks to the future of housing by setting roadmaps for current research; forecasting potential new areas of development; and identifying institutional, cultural, and financial barriers to the introduction of new technologies.
PATH's Technology Roadmap workshops have identified-and are building resources for developing-three primary areas on which to focus energy and effort in the housing industry.
PATH keeps the homebuilding industry informed of global technological changes by monitoring relevant sectors and forecasting potential applications.
PATH supports technology reviews, which are analyses of commercialized technologies that have (or have not) significantly penetrated the market.
PATH conducts policy studies and market research to identify institutional barriers to housing technology research and the adoption of innovations in the housing market.
Content updated on 1/22/2002
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