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Once a sturdy foundation is in place, there are numerous choices for framing a house. Although the traditional and very familiar wood frame is still among the most popular types, other choices are also available. Hot, dry climates prone to termites might make better use of steel framing, and masonry homes are a better choice for hurricane regions. New methods such as panelized houses and "whole house" systems are gaining in popularity.

PATH is dedicated to improving current framing systems and developing new approaches, such as the whole house system. PATH's Roadmapping efforts emphasize panelization and whole house systems as construction techniques ripe for development.

PATH Tools

Design, Fabrication, and Installation of Engineered Panelized Walls: Two Case Studies January 2002
This publication provides an evaluation of current technology used in the design, fabrication, and installation of panelized walls systems, including engineered wood frame walls and an innovative steel frame wall system. Two case study projects provided for a real world evaluation of existing panelized wall systems used in the home construction industry.

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.

Industrializing the Residential Construction Site July 2000
This document, released by HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), examines the means and methods available for integrating and industrializing the housing construction site and the housing industry. It describes the history of and possibilities for industrialization in the industry, and includes strategies for all scales of builders, from small volume to production builders.

Industrializing the Residential Construction Site Phase II: Information Mapping June 2001
As the common denominator on all construction sites, information is a critical beginning for understanding integration, and one that HUD believes is central to its ongoing research to determine why the home building industry lags behind other industries in technological innovation and adoption. This document is the product of that research, and it includes a record and analysis of the information flows and breaks on construction sites, as well as recommendations for overcoming these breaks.

Integrating Panels into the Production Homebuilding Process September 2005
How do builders decide whether to use panelized house systems? What factors come into play when a builder is contemplating making a move to panelized construction? And for what reasons would builders who are inclined to try a new building technology choose not to use panelized construction? These are some of the questions asked in this study conducted for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's PATH (Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing) program in an effort to understand how builders decide to use panel systems

Model Guidelines for Design, Fabrication, and Installation of Engineered Panelized Walls January 2002
This guide serves as a resource document for the housing and building component industries and as a comprehensive guideline for design, fabrication, and installation of panelized wall construction. More importantly, it provides a starting point for development of an industry standard which, through a reference in future building codes, could advance panelized wall construction as a safe and affordable housing technology.

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 Technology Roadmap: Advanced Panelized Construction

PATH Technology Roadmap: Whole House Building Redesign Process

Steel Framing Prototype Development: Final Report December 2003
The research effort described in this report explores the potential of steel framing for the construction of factory built homes that conform to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code, or the International Residential Code, with the goal of developing technologies that are competitive with wood framing.

The Rehab Guide Volume 2: Exterior Walls
This is the second volume of The Rehab Guide, a series of nine guidebooks to inform the design and construction industry about state-of-the-art materials and innovative practices in housing rehabilitation. Volume 2 contains an overview of exterior wall framing that includes wind-resistance and seismic-resistance information, as well as information about design and engineering; masonry/brick veneer; sheathing; insulation; siding; stucco; exterior trim; sealants and caulks; and paints.

Whole House Ventilation Strategies
The purpose of this research was to provide a baseline for evaluating whole house ventilation strategies for manufactured homes.

Technology Inventory Spotlight

Hybrid Modular/Panelized Housing

Steel Framed Modular Housing

Strawboard Panels

Content updated on 7/11/2006

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