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HUD Publications

Building Innovation for Homeownership April 1998
Outlines 63 award-winning housing projects that meet the Building Innovation for Homeownership program criteria.

Creating Defensible Space April 1996
This publication provides an expert review of the Defensible Space concept and three step-by-step case studies to help communities redesign neighborhoods for greater safety.

Controlling and Preventing Household Mold and Moisture Problems April 2005
Produced for Congress, this report summarizes HUD's ongoing and recently-completed work to improve the home building industry's understanding of mold and moisture. It provides strategies for disseminating best practices and references case studies and published articles. The report highlights lessons learned, such as: combining moisture intervententions with lead hazard control or weatherization is a cost-effective approach; and, state and local health agencies and housing authorities have shown a strong willingness to correct mold and moisture in their jurisdictions.

Durability By Design: A Guide for Residential Builders and Designers May 2002
This manual is intended to raise the awareness and understanding of building durability as a design consideration in housing. The Guide covers basic concepts of durability, and presents recommended practices - including numerous construction details and design data - for matters such as moisture management, ultraviolet (UV) protection, insects, decay, corrosion, and natural hazards.

Energy Desk Book
The Energy Desk Book spotlights the heavy burden utility costs can place on affordable housing and economic development. It reviews the important energy mandates for HUD programs and discusses the resources available to reduce these costs for American families and communities.

Factory and Site-Built Housing: A Comparative Analysis February 1999
This report, for the first time, provides a comprehensive comparison of HUD-code manufactured housing, conventional site-built homes and factory-built modular homes along several important dimensions. The comparisons address industry structure, production cost, characteristics of occupants and purchasers, unit designs and construction materials, regulatory processes, code requirements, and buyer costs.

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

Hybrid Wood and Steel Details--Builder's Guide July 2003
This report provides the information that builders need to construct hybrid cold-formed steel and wood homes. By providing builders and framers with the necessary tools to construct these homes economically, HUD enhances housing affordability and quality through competition from new methods and materials.

Manufactured Home Installation Training Manual
This manual lays out all the issues that need to be considered while installing a HUD-Code home. It addresses the installation of both new and used homes, and its chapters follow the steps commonly taken to install such a home. The narrative discusses relevant issues in objective detail and emphasizes the reasons for a specific procedure.

An Owner's Guide to Energy Efficiency in Single Family Rental Housings
This brochure helps prospective owners or rehabilitators of rental housing save money by increasing energy efficiency.

Prescriptive Method for Residential Cold-Formed Steel Framing November 1997
This publication is intended to raise industry awareness about steel framing as an alternative construction system and provide long-awaited guidance for code officials and inspectors.

HUD Rehab Guide: Volumes One-Nine
The HUD Rehab Guide series, written for builders, architects, engineers, and other housing rehabilitation professionals, aims to speed acceptance of innovative housing technologies and state-of-the-art practices in nine areas. The nine volumes cover a distinct element of housing rehabilitation and feature breakthrough materials, labor-saving tools, and cost-cutting practices.

A Report on the Feasibility of Deconstruction January 2001
Deconstruction is the process of selective dismantling or removal of materials from buildings before or instead of demolition. Based on a study of four urban communities, this report details how communities can potentially use deconstruction to support and complement other community objectives.

"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 Steel Framing: Fire and Acoustic Details September 2002
This report investigates regulatory requirements, available test data, and typical practices relating to acoustics and fire protection of cold-formed steel framing. The intention is to give an overview of current regulations, as well as a "snap shot" of available fire and acoustic cold-formed steel assemblies.

Retrofitting Apartment Buildings to Conserve Water: A Guide for Managers, Engineers, and Contractors September 2002
This guidebook explains available options, provides a framework to work with, and summarizes what managers, engineers, and contractors need to know to select the water conservation retrofit strategies that best suit the property in question.

Smart Codes in Your Community: A Guide to Building Rehabilitation Codes August 2001
This report provides a broad overview of the general regulatory environment governing the use and reuse of existing buildings. It also provides examples of state and local efforts to reduce regulatory complexity, and suggests possible strategies to help spur reinvestment in the existing building infrastructure.

Southwest Housing Traditions: Design, Materials, Performance May 2005
This book is intended as a guide for the non-profit developer and its design team in applying the relevant lessons of traditional architecture to the design of new affordable housing. It should make more widely known the principles of energy efficiency, durability and low life-cycle costs, as well as cultural appropriateness, found in the traditional housing of the southwestern borderlands.

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