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What is a quality home?

Homes can be built with the strongest and most durable materials, but still have major maintenance problems. Occasionally, homeowners have energy-efficient systems installed but still pay huge energy bills. Such anomalies are the result of poor craftsmanship or of homes being built too quickly.

PATH believes the care taken in selecting quality materials and innovative technologies should be matched by the care taken to construct and install these materials in a home. In addition to these financial considerations, quality issues arise from environmental concerns. Imbalance of land use, improper disposal of material wastes, and poor installation of systems in a home can affect air and water quality.

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Building Better Homes at Lower Costs January 1998
National Construction Goals assigned highest priority to the two following goals: to reduce production costs through improved technology and to improve product durability.

Making the Quality Connection: Improving the Building Industry Insurance Situation Through Quality Assurance Programs (*.pdf, 65 KB) January 23, 2003
The goal of this roundtable was to produce a better understanding of the nature of the insurance problems facing the home building industry, and identify how a quality assurance development and certification program might address these problems.

New Horizons in Quality Management April 23, 1999
This roundtable report explores where leading quality builders are heading in the twenty-first century.

PATH's ISO 9000 Program
Pilot project to integrate within the framing industry ISO 9000 practices for quality assurance in design, development production and servicing.

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.

Implementing a Quality Assurance System: A Trade Contractor Case Study November 2001
The aim of the project was to field test with the building trades the quality systems used by manufacturing industries. The result is an important new quality system that can help builders and framers satisfy homebuyer quality demands while increasing profits.

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.

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Content updated on 9/1/2005

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