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HUD Publications for Remodelers

Alternative Framing Materials in Residential Construction: Three Case Studies July 1994
This report compares the cost competitiveness of three of the most promising, commercially available building systems, foam-core panels, light-gauge steel framing, and welded-wire sandwich panels, with conventional materials and techniques.

A Builder's Guide to Marketable, Affordable, and Durable Entry-Level Homes (MADE) To Last March 1999
Illustrates how developers can construct high-quality, energy-efficient, durable, and affordable housing.

A Builders' Guide to Residential Steel Floors December 1999
Provides information required to use steel floor joists in typical residential construction.

Building Concrete Masonry Homes: Design and Construction August 1998
This document identifies the major issues related to the design and construction of a home with above-grade concrete masonry walls, and presents different approaches to construction details including the installation of insulation, floor framing, and doors and windows.

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

Concrete Masonry Homes: Recommended Practices December 1999
This document was developed as a guideline for using concrete masonry in the construction of homes in the United States. It focuses primarily on the attachment of common residential materials and elements to concrete masonry wall construction.

Design Guide for Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations June 1994
The objective of this design guide is to assist U.S. builders, designers, code officials, and others in employing frost-protected shallow foundations as a practical alternative to deeper, more-costly foundations in cold regions with seasonal ground freezing and the potential for frost heave.

Economical ICF To Cold-Formed Steel Floor Connections May 2001
The use of insulating concrete forms (ICF) in combination with cold-formed steel (CFS) framing is relatively new to the U.S. homebuilding industry. This study investigates and reports the performance of connections using standard 5/8-inch diameter anchor bolts or Richmond F-32 anchors to transmit the floor load from a steel ledger track, through the ICF foam insulation, and into the concrete core of an ICF wall.

Energy Efficiency Improvements for Remodeling Projects - Training Modules
The following modules describe energy efficiency improvements that can be made in the course of any remodeling project. The training modules were developed in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Southface Energy Institute with support from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Field Evaluations and Recommendations for Steel Framed Homes April 1996
In 1995 in Homestead, Florida, Habitat for Humanity began construction of a 187 unit community called Jordan Commons, which features the inclusion of cold-formed steel as the framing material for the homes. This report details the results of the field evaluations, as well as builder recommendations, for steel framed homes.

Home Builders' Guide to Manufactured Housing May 2000
This Guidebook provides conventional builders and land developers with an introduction to manufactured housing, focusing on differences between manufactured and conventional homes that are likely to be encountered in practice. The guide also covers finding a manufacturer, developing product specifications, potential contractual arrangements, local zoning and land-use planning considerations, installation and foundation options, site-built improvements, regulatory issues, and consumer financing.

Homes for Everyone: Universal Design Principles in Practice April 1996
This report showcases 16 single-family dwellings that exemplify the principles of "universal" design, which recognizes the need for living spaces to be barrier-free and provide easy mobility and independence for people with a broad variety of physical needs.

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.

Innovative Residential Floor Construction: Horizontal Diaphragm Values for Cold-Formed Steel Framing March 1999
This report details the use of cold-formed steel framing in the residential market, which has increased over the past several years because of previous cooperative efforts by HUD and industry to implement cost-effective alternative materials and methods.

Innovative Residential Floor Construction: Structural Evaluation of Steel Joists with Web Openings March 1999
Examines the specification of local buckling behavior of solid webs and webs with small circular holes.

Innovative Structural Systems for Home Construction: Wood Structural Insulated Panels and Insulating Concrete Forms August 1995
This report focuses on two alternatives to wood framing: wood structural insulated panels and insulating concrete forms. The advantages, disadvantages, and actions that would accelerate their use by the residential building industry are discussed.

Insulating Concrete Forms for Residential Construction May 1997
Insulating concrete form (ICF) construction increases comfort, saves energy, muffles exterior noise, and requires less maintenance than standard techniques, a new HUD-sponsored study shows. Insulating Concrete Forms for Residential Construction reports on a demonstration program coordinated for HUD by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center on the use of this alternative structural material for single-family houses.

Measurements of Apparent Sound Insulation of Exterior and Interior Walls
Presents results of tests conducted to develop apparent Field Sound Transmission Class (FSTC) and Field Outdoor-Indoor Class (FOITC) ratings for the exterior walls of the buildings at the Hughes evaluation site.

Perforated Shear Walls With Conventional and Innovative Base Restraint Connections May 1999
This report explains what exactly shear walls are, as well as the financial side of the shear walls versus wall bracing methods which, historically, have been used in conventional construction.

Prescriptive Method for Connecting Cold-Formed Steel Framing to Insulating Concrete Form Walls in Residential Construction February 2003
This document was developed as a guideline for the connection of cold-formed steel (CFS) frame assemblies and structures to insulating concrete form (ICF) exterior walls in the construction of single-family homes.

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.

Protocol for Assessment of Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) Technology October 2000
ICF's are forms for poured concrete walls that stay in place as a permanent part of the wall assembly.

Quality Assurance System for Wood Framing Contractors December 2000
This document is geared toward the framing activities of home building. It identifies a framework that a contractor can use to develop a quality management program that delivers maximum value.

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 Remodeling and Universal Design: Making Homes More Comfortable and Accessible May1996
A new resource guide from HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research, Residential Remodeling and Universal Design: Making Homes More Comfortable and Accessible, provides technical guidance on selecting and installing universal features during home remodeling or renovation. The guide emphasizes eliminating unintentional barriers and employing designs and features usable by persons with a broad range of needs.

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.

Residential Structural Design Guide: 2000 Edition February 2000
This guide is an initial effort to document and improve the unique structural engineering knowledge related to housing design and performance. It compliments current design practices and building code requirements with value-added technical information and guidance.

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