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[IMAGE: Advanced Residential Roof Systems] Advanced Residential Roof Systems September 2005
This Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) report outlines a research agenda for developing residential roof systems that serve multiple functions and improve performance over current systems.

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.

Developing a Calculator for Evaluating Physical Design Characteristics and Whole House Performance: A Preliminary Method June 2005
This report outlines the development of a 'whole house calculator' that quantitatively assesses choices available in the processes, materials, components and systems of residential construction. The calculator will make it possible to do "what if" comparisons and to strategically plan residential construction with a comprehensive systems approach.

[IMAGE: Factory Built Housing Roadmap (Including Recomendations for Energy Research)] Factory Built Housing Roadmap (Including Recommendations for Energy Research) January 2006
This document is the second on the topic of manufactured housing. This version expands on the original Roadmap by suggesting a broad array of research initiatives including a comprehensive discussion of energy and its role in the future of factory built housing.

Getting Lean: Assessing the Benefits of Lean Production in Factory Built Housing December 2005
This report details the first phase of a planned multi-year research effort to develop and implement lean production techniques for the factory built housing industry.

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.

Industrializing the Residential Construction Site Phase III: Production Systems June 2002
This project explores the impact of information breaks on actual workflow. A variety of technical and managerial approaches are studied that will lead to more rapid construction production, with better planning and coordination, and with more efficient material and labor use.

Industrializing the Residential Construction Site Phase IV: Production Simulation December 2004
This report details the findings from development of a computerized simulation model of framing processes; i.e., the erection of prefabricated wall panels, based on observations of current field practices. The simulation model makes experiments possible, replicating conditions of a proposed system without actually having to build.

[IMAGE: Overcoming Barriers to Innovation in the Homebuilding Industry. Volume 1: Report] Overcoming Barriers to Innovation in the Homebuilding Industry April 2005
While new technologies and production processes could help overcome serious problems for housing producers, many characteristics of the housing industry inhibit the development and diffusion of innovations on a large scale. This report presents findings from PATH's extensive research on barriers to innovation and ways to overcome them.

Research and Development Needs for Structural Performance of Light-Frame Residential Construction
January 2002
As part of an effort to establish research priorities, this report identifies critical research and development needs for the structural performance of light-frame residential construction.

"ResearchWorks" is intended to bridge the gap between the research and practitioner communities, bringing together news of the latest research, the practical application of good ideas, and the recognition of those who make a difference in the field of housing and community development.

[IMAGE: Residential Panels Benchmark Requirements] Residential Panels Benchmark Requirements September 2004
This report identifies the panelized wall systems currently available in the U.S. and international markets and concludes with a "Future Strategies Report," based on the research, on what direction HUD should take with future research into panelized systems.

Residential Structural Design Guide: 2000 Edition February 2000
This guide is an initial effort to document and improve the unique structural engineering knowledge related to housing design and performance. It compliments current design practices and building code requirements with value-added technical information and guidance.

Southwest Housing Traditions: Design, Materials, Performance May 2005
This book is intended as a guide for the non-profit developer and its design team in applying the relevant lessons of traditional architecture to the design of new affordable housing. It should make more widely known the principles of energy efficiency, durability and low life-cycle costs, as well as cultural appropriateness, found in the traditional housing of the southwestern borderlands.

The Diffusion of Innovation in the Residential Building Industry January 2004
This study identifies the types of home building firms that are more likely to adopt innovation at various stages. The results will directly assist PATH and others in determining the most effective mechanisms for accelerating the technology adoption process.

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