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Welcome, Realtors, Appraisers and Inspectors

Realtors, appraisers and inspectors can provide homeowners and homebuyers with information or resources relating to durability, energy efficiency and safety in a home. A knowledgeable appraiser realizes that a home built of more durable materials is actually more valuable than an otherwise equivalent home. High energy costs are making energy-efficient homes more attractive on the market.

A Realtor can advise a prospective seller on energy-efficient upgrades to include when the seller is sprucing up a home before putting it on the market. This advice can provide a competitive advantage to the seller and add value to the Realtor's service. The home is likely to sell more quickly and at a better price.

A good inspector can detect problems that affect the durability and energy efficiency of a house. After crawling around in the attic and basement, the inspector knows a great deal about how the house is constructed, how insulated it is and how carefree the next owner might be.

PATH provides information about technological innovations, presented without jargon, tied to costs, and consistent with the ways partners do business.

PATH Partners Program
Add PATH to your team - and gain market advantage.

Read about partner benefits and qualifications.

To become a PATH Realtor/Appraiser Partner download the application form here.

Meet PATH Realtor, Appraiser and Inspector Partners.

PATH Tools

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View short videos to learn about the newest advances in homebuilding: high performance homes, whole house design and plumbing innovations.

Affordable Housing Design Advisor January 2001
This CD-ROM tool was designed to help the developers, sponsors, and users of affordable housing understand what constitutes quality design, why it's worth striving for, and how to achieve it in their own projects.

Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor
This easy-to-use Web-based tool will help you integrate energy efficiency into your remodeling or rehab project. It provides recommended energy efficiency measures for most types of rehab projects, as well as the associated costs, energy savings and additional benefits of incorporating the measures.

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.

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.

NEST: National Economic Service-life Tools
NEST is a set of tools and resources designed to help homeowners choose the right amount of durability for their homes. By examining factors such as the structure, location, materials, and age of a house, NEST can find the durable materials that will help to maintain a home at the lowest cost.

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.

PATH Technologies that Benefit Fire Reconstruction Efforts in California
Technologies to increase the fire resistance of the home or development, reduce the time it will take to redevelop and rebuild, reduce the cost of rebuilding. Some of these technologies even increase earthquake resistance.

Technology Barriers Analysis
PATH's assessment of the barriers that slow or prevent a new housing technology from reaching the market.

Tech Practices
Learn how builders and remodelers across the nation have integrated proven technologies into their construction practices. Tech Practices highlight the use of PATH technologies in a variety of projects, including PATH Field Evaluations and independent builder projects.

Content updated on 2/23/2006

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