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Start of Main Content2001 NSF-PATH Awards

Tapping Into Academia To Reach PATH's Goals

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded several proposals to the Advanced Technologies for Housing Initiative under the NSF-PATH grant program for fundamental engineering research to develop a new generation of housing. Eligible U.S. academic institutions were encouraged to collaborate with industry or government laboratories and link to PATH's existing partnerships and research work. The research projects, which all fall within PATH's Technology Roadmap initiative, will help PATH develop a background research base for the development of new technologies, increase the use of advanced technologies in today's new and existing homes, strengthen the technology of the U.S. building industry, and institute the sustained mechanisms that support the next generation of American housing.

The research initiative focused on of a broad array of technologies and encouraged cooperative and interdisciplinary activities. Far-reaching, exploratory research that could lead to breakthrough technologies (such as whole systems analysis, advanced panels, and information technology) were particularly encouraged.

The awards for the 2001 NSF-PATH Advanced Technologies for Housing Initiative grant are listed below.

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Rigidified Pneumatic Composites: Use of Space Technologies to Build the Next Generation of American Homes

  • University of Washington
    Microcellular Polymers Processing for Lightweight and Energy Efficient Advanced Panel Systems

  • Pennsylvania State University
    Moisture Control: Convective Drying in Residential Wall Systems

  • University of Kansas
    Numerical Analysis of Transient Slab-on-Grade Heat Transfer

  • Michigan State University
    Biocomposites from Engineered Natural Fibers for Housing Panel Applications

  • Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Georgia Institute of Technology
    An Integrated Program to Examine the Moisture-related Performance of Fiber-cement Composites

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Designing Panelized Systems to Minimize Impact on Indoor Air Quality in Tightly-Sealed Buildings

  • Northwestern University
    Extruded Fiber-Reinforced Cement Composites for Residential Construction

  • University of Delaware
    An Advanced All Natural Composite Roof for Residential Construction

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Advanced Replacements for Mechanical Fasteners in Housing Construction for High Wind Zones

  • Oklahoma State University
    Engineered Wood Frame Wall Panel System Integrating Prefabricated Truss Technology

2000 NSF-PATH Awards
2001 Program Announcement
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