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2005 PATH News

December 13, 2005
Over Twenty PATH-Profiled Technologies Featured in 2006 NextGen “Peace of Mind” Home
Demonstration highlights storm-resistance, energy efficiency.

December 7, 2005
Five Innovative Product Manufacturers Join PATH's Concept Home Partners
Goal is to make home design, construction more efficient, predictable, affordable.

December 6, 2005
PATH Launches Redesigned Website for Homeowners
The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) announces the launch of PATH for Homeowners, a new web site to assist homeowners and homebuyers who demand more from their homes.

November 21, 2005
PATH Develops Plans for "Whole House Calculator"
PATH recently released two reports, including a plan to develop a "whole house calculator" that will allow builders and consumers to assess choices for processes, materials, components and systems of constructing a home. The second report outlines research for developing residential roof systems that serve multiple functions and improve performance over current systems.

November 9, 2005
Save Money and Improve Comfort in Manufactured Homes
"Saving Money by Saving Energy in Your Manufactured (Mobile) Home," a free guide published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), outlines easy and inexpensive ways to improve the energy efficiency of manufactured homes.

November 7, 2005
PATH Launches Case Study Series, Seeks Candidates
For decades, new materials and procedures have emerged in the home building industry to make houses more durable and cost-efficient for builders and consumers alike. But while these innovations have often been used abroad with great success for years, they have been slow to experience wide spread adoption here in the U.S. PATH will explore the barriers to, and catalysts of innovation in a series of case studies that will explore the reasons why builders adopt new technologies.

October 18, 2005
How Do We Think About Technology?
Who innovates in our nation's homes? Manufacturers of home products and systems? Homebuilders and homebuyers? PATH and McGraw-Hill team to explore this question.

October 12, 2005
Do All Good Ideas Make it Into Our Homes?
Some of the best technologies and inventions never see it into our homes, but why?

October 6, 2005
What Do Manufacturers Need to Get Their Products to Market?
As the "idea" people in homebuilding, manufacturers have keen engineering and production skills. Sometimes, though, they need assistance in commercializing their products.

September 28, 2005
How do Manufacturers Successfully Innovate?
How are new ideas transformed from notes on paper to marketable products? PATH will explore this question and others through a new project launched this week.

September 27, 2005
New Study by PATH Reveals Benefits of Panels
Homebuilders who use panelized housing technologies are rewarded in several crucial ways, finds "Integrating Panels into the Production Homebuilding Process," a new study released by the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing.

September 12, 2005
National Science Foundation-PATH Program Awards Winners Announced
PATH and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have awarded 10 researchers a total of $3 million in grants to continue their work forging new ground in interdisciplinary housing technologies.

August 17, 2005
PATH-Sponsored NextGen Home to Highlight Building Technologies for Builders and Consumers
PATH is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2006 NextGen Demonstration Home. The "Peace of Mind" home will be displayed at the 2006 International Builders' Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida from January 11-14, and then moved to the new "Pebble Creek" community in Tampa, Florida.

August 11, 2005
Building Performance Institute: Notice of Expansion and Call for Participation
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is announcing the process of making changes to its certification and accreditation models that will facilitate its expansion into new markets throughout the country.

August 10, 2005
PATH Develops Practical Tools to Advance Energy-Efficient Remodeling
PATH is partnering with the remodeling industry to initiate a multi-year project aimed at developing voluntary guidelines, or protocols, for energy-efficient remodeling. PATH is also supporting a project, in partnership with EPA and DOE, to develop an industry-recognized contractor certification or credentialing program for energy efficiency.

August 4, 2005
PATH: A Hot Topic on Talk Radio
PATH Builder Partner Fernando Pagés Ruiz and PATH's Glen Salas will appear on "Home Innovations" from 11 a.m. until noon, Sunday, August 7 on WMAL (630 AM) in Washington, D.C. Pagés Ruiz is the owner of Brighton Construction in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the author of "Building an Affordable House: Trade Secrets for High-Value, Low-Cost Construction." Salas is an engineer with D&R International.

July 20, 2005
Sustainable Resource House Links Forest Practices with Efficient Building Materials
Thousands of visitors to our nation's capital saw the link between our forests, our homes, and green building practices in North America when they toured the Sustainable Resource House, a 1,200-square-foot wood demonstration house on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

July 5, 2005
New PATH Tech Set Details HVAC Improvements
PATH proudly introduces its latest Tech Set, "HVAC Package for New Construction-Forced Air System," which provides homeowners and builders with resources to install more affordable, durable and energy efficient HVAC systems that maximize occupant comfort and indoor air quality.

June 29, 2005
Liberty Village Breaks Ground on Innovation
PATH celebrated the groundbreaking of Liberty Village Housing Development Tuesday, June 28 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Representatives for Senators Chuck Hagel and Ben Nelson and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, as well as Governor Dave Heineman, Lincoln Mayor Coleen Seng, and HUD Regional Director Macie Houston, were on to see the work begin on the innovative project.

June 27, 2005
PATH Celebrates Liberty Village Groundbreaking
PATH is pleased to celebrate the groundbreaking of Liberty Village Housing Development at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 28 at 24th and Vine streets in Lincoln, Nebraska.

June 20, 2005
Demonstration House to Show Off Sustainable Resources
PATH encourages builders and consumers to visit the Sustainable Resource House on display during the Smithsonian Folklife Festival from June 23 to 27 and from June 30 to July 4 on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

June 10, 2005
PATH Unveils Two Storm-Resistant Houses
PATH and Mercedes Homes celebrated the completion of two hurricane-resistant houses on Thursday, June 9 in Rockledge, Fla.

June 7, 2005
PATH Unveils New Wave of Storm-Resistant Houses
PATH and Mercedes Homes are proud to unveil two hurricane-resistant prototype homes on June 9 in Rockledge, Florida. In collaboration with PATH, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the University of Florida and the Florida Energy Extension Service, Mercedes has built prototypes incorporating technologies and practices that can make houses safer in Florida and other hurricane-prone regions.

May 25, 2005
PATH Tailors Information to Builders, Contractors
PATH will better serve builders and contractor by creating practical and concise digests of technical information about housing innovations.

May 24, 2005
PATH Announces Funds for Cooperative Research
PATH is pleased to announce the allocation of $3 million for research in housing technologies that supports PATH's goals. HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) is accepting preliminary applications until July 22, 2005 for grants ranging from $50,000 to $1 million.

May 18, 2005
Warwick Grove Shows Off Innovation
PATH celebrated the opening of Warwick Grove on May 13. PATH-recommended technologies in the project include HVAC equipment in conditioned space, tankless water heaters, spectrally selective low-e windows, programmable thermostats, high-efficiency and direct-vent condensing furnaces, fiber-cement siding, and properly sized HVAC systems

May 11, 2005
Warwick Grove Celebrates Opening
PATH is proud to announce the grand opening of Warwick Grove, a community based on the principles of Traditional Neighborhood Design, from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 13.

May 9, 2005
Eaton Row Opens for New Homeowners
PATH celebrated the grand opening of the Eaton Row residential development Friday, May 6 in the city's Dixwell neighborhood.

May 3, 2005
Eaton Row to Open for New Homeowners
PATH will celebrate the grand opening of the Eaton Row residential development at 11:30 a.m., Friday, May 6 on the new Frances Hunter Drive. Sitting on a five-acre site in the city's Dixwell neighborhood, the project provides 30 new single-family, three- and four-bedroom residences with half of the homes to be affordable for lower income families.

May 2, 2005
Learn to Save with Energy Efficient Remodeling
Spring is a popular time to start remodeling projects. During May-the National Association of Home Builder's (NAHB) National Home Remodeling Month-PATH is giving homeowners a few more reasons to think about finally undertaking that long-discussed home renovation.

April 29, 2005
Sustainable Apartments Celebrated in San Francisco
Citizens Housing Corporation hosted a grand opening celebration on April 20 to mark the completion of the Folsom/Dore Apartments project. PATH provided technical assistance and recommendations, including energy-efficient and low-impact development practices, to develop 98 units of quality, affordable housing for low- and very low-income residents with a variety of special needs, including the chronically homeless.

April 18, 2005
Sustainable Apartments Open in San Francisco
PATH, in collaboration with affordable housing developer Citizens Housing Corporation is proud to announce the grand opening of the Folsom/Dore Apartments at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20. The grand opening event will feature San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Director Richard Rainey.

April 12, 2005
Advanced Roof Systems Research Moves Forward
Roofs that make energy for your home and roof coverings that change color to better absorb or reflect heat are just some of the technologies that may be part of homes in the not-too-distant future, according to participants in an April 5 roadmapping session sponsored by PATH.

March 28, 2005
Advisory Board Explores Concept Home Principles
The PATH Concept Home Advisory Board convened on for the first time March 15 to compare perspectives on the project's principles and the challenges impeding their implementation.

March 18, 2005
First Concept Home Prototype Partner Named
Clever Homes, LLC, will be the first member of Concept Home Prototype Partner program, which will bring together builders, developers and researchers already experimenting with the flexible building principles associated with the Concept Home.

March 9, 2005
Builders' Guide to Process Improvements Coming in Spring 2006
While other manufacturing industries have been quick to develop and adopt new technologies that improve productivity and lower costs, the home building industry has not kept pace. To help builders reap the benefits of process improvement, a group of home builders, housing researchers, and the federal government have joined forces to transfer lessons from other industries to small and medium-sized home builders.

March 4, 2005
PATH Participates in U.S.-Mexico Forum on Housing Innovation
PATH was part of a delegation from the United States to participate in the U.S.-Mexico Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Housing Innovation from February 28 to March 1 in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Key representatives from both the public and private sectors from each country took part in intensive discussions over the two-day meeting.

March 4, 2005
Concept Home Principles Extolled in Prefab Forum
The virtues of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing's (PATH) Concept Home were explored at Dwell Magazine's Proactive Prefab Forum on Feb. 25 in Emeryville, California. More than a hundred participants representing architecture and design, construction, development, finance, education, and product manufacturing attended the one-day event.

February 9, 2005
Houston Home to Illustrate Safe, Inexpensive Housing
With technical assistance from the PATH and the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program, the Federation of American Scientists' Housing Technology project is constructing a model home in Houston, Texas, to demonstrate the use of structural insulated panel construction.

January 18, 2005
PATH Unveils New Resource at IBS 2005
PATH has announced the quarterly release of Tech Sets, a new resource that will provide builders and homeowners direction in selecting innovative technologies and then implementing them in a systems approach.

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