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Quality and Durability Publications

Alternatives for Minimizing Moisture Problems in Homes Located in Hot, Humid Climates: Interim Report January 2003
This document reports on the findings from an effort to examine manufactured homes in the Gulf Coast area, gather information on condensation-related moisture problems in those homes, and determine the contributing factors to those problems.

Assessing Housing Durability: A Pilot Study November 2001
In response to the lack of information, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development commissioned a pilot study of the durability performance of a representative sample of homes in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. This report presents the findings of facts from this pilot study and provides useful criticisms of the study methodology.

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.

Before You Install Exterior Wood-Based Siding

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.

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Building Moisture and Durability October 2004
This document provides recommendations for future research on moisture problems in housing that will help to prevent such problems or resolve them once they have occurred. Recommended research topics are organized under three overarching goals: building improved knowledge about the nature, extent and implications of moisture problems, pursuing a variety of methods for preventing and detecting moisture problems, and taking greater advantage of the potential offered by moisture modeling tools.

Climate Effect on Durability of Wood

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.

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.

Improving Durability in Housing Background Paper March 1999
This paper was prepared for the National Forum on Durability Research to stimulate the thinking of the forum participants about the current state of durability of housing materials and components and about various approaches to improving durability.

Life Cycle Assessment Tools to Measure Environmental Impacts December 2001
Given the potential importance of these tools for America's homebuilders, HUD commissioned the NAHB Research Center to convene a meeting of experts to critique LCAs and offer suggestions on making the tools more useful.

Making the Quality Connection: Improving the Building Industry Insurance Situation Through Quality Assurance Systems

Moisture-Resistant Homes March 2006
This guide advances the goal of designing, building, and maintaining houses that manage moisture effectively. By making moisture-resistant best practices available in an easy-to-use form, a variety of the most common moisture-related problems in homes can be avoided.

Mold and Mildew on Wood: Causes and Treatment

NEST: National Economic Service-life Tools

New Horizons for Quality

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.

Paint, Stain, Varnish, or Preservative? It's Your Choice

Place Bark Side Face Up or Face Down?

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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.

Test for Wood Decay

The Ins and Outs of Caulking

Water Intrusion Evaluation for Caulkless Siding, Window, And Door Systems January 2002
The purpose of this research is to design, evaluate, install, and monitor wall siding systems that do not require caulk, either initially or during routine maintenance.

Wood Exposed Outdoors

Wood Shakes and Shingles: Tips for Longer Life

Why Your House Paint Failed

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