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Community Guide to Basic and Cost-Saving Construction in the American Southwest January 2004
This book is written for non-profit housing developers, local housing advocates, self-help homeowners, and community groups that provide housing in the rural Southwest, and is intended to showcase the cost benefits of energy-efficient home construction and rehabilitation.

Fair Housing Act Design Manual Revised April 1998
This manual provides guidance in designing and constructing housing that complies with the Fair Housing Act.

Getting Building Technology Accepted: Developing and Deploying New Building Technologies November 2002
This report explains how regulatory activities affect new building technology research, development, and deployment, and how to apply regulatory information to develop and deploy building technologies.

Homeowner's Insurance as a Tool for the Adoption of Innovation January 2001
Evaluates whether the decision to construct a home that uses technology to mitigate damage from insured events can result in discounted insurance premiums for homeowners.

Measuring and Assessing the Consequences of Technology and Innovation for Affordability of Housing: Proceedings of the NIST - PATH Workshop February 2004
Through PATH support, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is developing a set of affordability guidelines for owner-occupied housing. This report describes the NIST--PATH Housing Affordability Workshop held on June 4-5, 2003. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss ways for measuring and assessing the consequences of technology and innovation on the affordability of housing.

New Madrid Seismic Zone: Overview of Earthquake Hazard and Magnitude Assessment Based on Fragility of Historic Structures May 2003
A study commissioned by HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) and PATH provides an overview of the seismic hazard characterization procedures used in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). Results of this study confirm the high level of seismic hazard in the NMSZ and the need for continued attention to, and consideration of, adequate mitigation measures.

Organizing Residential Utilities: A New Approach to Housing Quality November 2004
Utilities are run almost haphazardly through the walls of stick-built homes, sometimes compromising structure and insulating integrity, and always making repair and modification difficult. In the future, utilities will become more complicated as homes become centers of work, learning, communication, entertainment, preventative health care, and distributed energy production. This report outlines methods of disentangling utilities, with the goal of increasing the functionality of housing, while reducing its cost.

"ResearchWorks" is intended to bridge the gap between the research and practitioner communities, bringing together news of the latest research, the practical application of good ideas, and the recognition of those who make a difference in the field of housing and community development.

Residential Rehabilitation Inspection Guide February 2000
This guide provides step-by-step technical information for evaluating a residential building's site, exterior, interior, and structural, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.

The Ten Most Wanted: A Search for Solutions to Reduce Recurring Losses From Natural Hazards Fall 2001
Forty-two experts on specific natural hazards and broad aspects of natural disaster reduction contributed to a two-day workshop entitled "The Ten Most Wanted: A Search for Solutions to Reduce Recurring Losses from Natural Hazards". This report outlines the ten solution sets the experts recommended, along with the priorities they assigned for reducing recurring losses from the disaster agents generated by six kinds of natural hazards.

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