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PATH wants to ensure that homebuilders have all the information they need to apply new technologies and practices in to their work. From installation instructions to building code restrictions, and from cost benefit studies to construction alternatives, PATH wants builders to have fast access to hard facts. Coordinated by the NAHB Research Center, ToolBase is the housing industry's resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems. ToolBase offers many services:

  • Access the ToolBase Web site through an interactive portal. Search for a specific technology, or browse through the listings by housing performance attribute or by housing systems.

  • Send an e-mail to the ToolBase "Ask-an-Expert" Hotline or call them at 800-898-2842 to request technical information and get personalized attention.

  • Sign up for ToolBase/PATH E-news and receive a biweekly electronic news service that focuses on residential construction industry news, particularly news dealing with information technology and homebuilding. Current issues are accessible on ToolBase's Web site.

  • Read ToolBase's TechNotes for immediate and to-the-point information on current technology issues and products.

ToolBase services are made possible with financial support from government and industry sponsors, including PATH and HUD. Other sponsors include the CertainTeed Corporation, the National Association of Homebuilders, the North American Steel Framing Alliance, and the Wood Truss Council of America.


In July 2001, a redesigned ToolBase Web site became a major noncommercial information portal to technical information for residential construction. The goal of this major redesign was to provide easy access to the most credible and relevant technical information available. Access information by major topic or subject, by the subsystem of a house, or by specific topic.

Features of the ToolBase portal include:

  • Easy, logically structured access to information.
  • Intelligent searches pre-defined by technical experts and accessible to all users.
  • Links to, and updates of, select technical content from external experts and Web sites.
  • Optional user customization.
  • A seamless interface with an industry-supported knowledge management system.


Want to become a sponsor?
Contact the NAHB Research Center
400 Prince George's Boulevard
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774
Tel 301 249-4000
Fax 301 430-6180
Toll Free 800 638-8556

Contact Information

NAHB Research Center
Terre Belt
400 Prince George's Boulevard
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774
Tel 301 249-4000
Fax 301 430-6180
Toll Free 800 638-8556

Carlos Martín
451 7th Street, SW, Room 8134
Washington, DC 20410-0001
(202) 708-4370

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