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What Is This Stuff?

Generally speaking, we like to keep people guessing, but here we reveal all those close-up photos you may have wondered about. Just a small sampling of the innovative technologies to be found when you visit the PATH Technology Inventory.

[IMAGE: Autoclaved Aerated Concrete]

Autoclaved aerated concrete is a precast, manufactured building stone made of all-natural raw materials. It is an economical, environmentally friendly, cellular, lightweight, structural material that provides thermal and acoustic insulation as well as fire and termite resistance.

[IMAGE: Autoclaved Aerated Concrete]

[IMAGE: Bamboo Floor]

Bamboo is a type of grass that can be used as an attractive alternative to laminate or other flooring. Bamboo is a sustainable resource because it matures into an appropriate size in only three to five years. Bamboo gives whole new meaning to "grassroots".

[IMAGE: Bamboo Floor]

[IMAGE: Drainwater Heat Recovery]

Stop throwing the energy out with the bath water. Drainwater heat recovery devices recover heat energy from drainwater. These systems reduce the energy needed for heating water and, in essence, increase the capacity of water heaters. That's hot stuff.

[IMAGE: Drainwater Heat Recovery]

[IMAGE: Drywall Clip]

Drywall clips and stops can reduce the wood used for framing by eliminating the need for nonstructural studs, and can be easier to install than extra wood backing in difficult locations. Sometimes the little things make all the difference.

[IMAGE: Drywall Clip]

[IMAGE: Engineered Wood wall Framing]

There are lots of reasons to feel good about engineered wood. It's stronger than traditional wood products, more uniform, and produces less wood waste. Who knew innovation could grow on trees?

[IMAGE: Engineered Wood Wall Framing]

[IMAGE: Fiberglass Decks]

Fiberglass reinforced plastic decking material needs no maintenance and doesn't crack, split, or warp. It will last the life of your home without routine maintenance. Because decks are about relaxing-- not waxing.

[IMAGE: Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Decks]

[IMAGE: Insullative Vinyl Siding]

This new product gives vinyl siding a competitive edge by increasing its energy efficiency and enhancing its impact resistance. The insulative vinyl siding is fused to a foam backing material, to create an all-in-one siding and insulation system.

[IMAGE: Insulative Vinyl Siding]

[IMAGE: Permeable Pavers]

High strength plastic grids (often made from recycled materials) can be placed in roadway areas to provide a support structure for heavy vehicles, and prevent erosion. After heavy rains, the grids allow water to gradually absorb into the soil below. This is great for filtering groundwater and reducing runoff pollution.

[IMAGE: Permeable Pavement]

[IMAGE: Radiant Barrier Panel]

Radiant barriers are materials that are installed in buildings to block the effects of radiant heat gain in homes by reflecting radiant heat rather than absorbing it. A radiant barrier reflects as much as 97 percent of radiant heat back towards its source. Now that's cool!

[IMAGE: Radiant Barrier panel]

[IMAGE: Recycled Wood Plastic Comp Lumber]

Recycled wood or plastic composite lumber takes recycled plastic trash bags and waste wood fibers and turns them into decking, door and window frames, and exterior moldings. It's good to reuse.

[IMAGE: Recycled Wood Plastic Composite Lumber]

[IMAGE: Ridge Vent]

Through-the-roof penetrations, like attic vents, can blow off in high winds, providing a hole for water entry. Part of PATH's Storm Resistant Roofing Tech Set, baffled ridge vents are preferred over other types of vents because they prevent airflow and wind driven rain from entering the attic through the ridge vent.

[IMAGE: Ridge Vent]

[IMAGE: Structural Insulated Panels]

Structural insulated panels are engineered panels that provide structural framing, insulation, and exterior sheathing in a solid, one-piece component. SIPs provide superior strength to wall systems, and are more energy efficient than standard framing techniques.

[IMAGE: Structural Insulated Panel]

[IMAGE: Vented Soffit Panels]

Part of PATH's Storm Resistant Roof Tech Set, vented soffits allow for easy ventilation in attic spaces, which keeps air flowing through your attic to eliminate potential moisture issues and aid in cooling in hot climates. These panels eliminate the need to install vents and decrease the likelihood of water infiltration into attic spaces during storm events.

[IMAGE: Vented Soffit Panels]

[IMAGE: Xeriscaping]

Xeriscaping refers to selecting plants for their drought tolerance, and/or ability to thrive without regular maintenance in the climate conditions where they will be used. Less landscaping, more lounging.

[IMAGE: Xeriscaping]

Content updated on 2/27/2007

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