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The Nation's stock of existing buildings, both residential and nonresidential, represents a diverse and valuable asset for our society. As this stock grows older, maintenance and renovation become more common. Moreover, as our collective needs evolve, buildings may be put to new and more productive uses. While it is a relatively straightforward procedure to set out requirements for the design and construction of new buildings, the broad spectrum of activities falling under the general heading of "rehabilitation" have proven more difficult to regulate in a rational, predictable manner. Building officials generally have wide discretion in determining the nature and extent of improvements required when buildings are rehabilitated or converted to new uses. Owners and designers, even after reviewing the applicable codes, are correspondingly uncertain about what they can and cannot do. PATH has several publications to assist builder, homeowners, designers, and developers address the barriers that exist to impede successful rehabilitation of housing.


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.

HUD Rehab Guide: Volumes One through Nine
The Rehab Guide series was developed as part of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) mandate to inform the design and construction industry about state-of-the-art materials and innovative practices in housing rehabilitation. The series focuses on building technologies, materials, components, and techniques rather than projects such as adding a new room; each volume covers a distinct element of housing rehabilitation and feature breakthrough materials, labor-saving tools, and cost-cutting practices.

Barriers to Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing: Volume 1 - Findings and Analysis, Volume 2 - Case Studies May 2001
This study, conducted by HUD and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, examines the major barriers to urban rehabilitation. Volume I provides the context of the study, as well as a synthesis of finding and technical analysis; Volume II presents the case studies in detail.

Nationally Applicable Recommended Rehabilitation Provisions (NARRP)
Addresses regulatory requirements that serve as a significant barrier to improving buildings that were not built under today's system of codes.

Innovative Rehabilitation Provisions: A Demonstration of the Nationally Applicable Recommended Rehabilitation Provisions March 1999
This report shows in detail how to apply the NARRP provisions. It provides a side-by-side comparison of traditional rehabilitation provisions with the NARRP and the code from which the provisions were developed, the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code-Rehabilitation Subcode. The report explains the cost and scheduling impacts of rehabilitation provisions, including work on the foundation, egress windows, ceiling height, corridor width, and stair geometry.

Innovative Rehabilitation Technologies: A State of the Art Overview February 1996
This report describes the results of a 1995 Housing Rehabilitation Technologies study, through which HUD sought information from the model code associations, trade and professional organizations, manufacturers, and others on new technologies and advances in existing ones.

Overview of Retrofit Strategies: A Guide for Apartment Owners and Managers
This publication describes techniques property managers may use to conserve water, with approaches requiring modest investment and minimal construction.

A Guide to Deconstruction: An Overview of Deconstruction With a Focus on Community Development Opportunities February 2000
Describes techniques for deconstruction, the process of selective dismantling or removal of materials from buildings before or instead of demolition.

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.

Residential Rehabilitation Inspection Guide February 2000
This guide provides step-by-step technical information for evaluating a residential building's site, exterior, interior, and structural, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.

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.


National Trust for Historic Preservation
Leadership, education and advocacy to save America's historic places and revitalize communities.

Urban Land Institute
Information on land-use patterns, projects and market projections.

Content updated on 1/28/2004

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