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January 12, 2006

PATH Unveils Recommendations for Storm-Resistant Roofing

Announces Partnership on Hurricane Repair Workshops for Gulf State Homeowners

Orlando, FL -- Before a large crowd at the NextGen "Peace of Mind" Demonstration Home, the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) today unveiled its latest approach to increasing the durability and energy efficiency of homes. " Storm-Resistant Roofing," the latest in a series of PATH Tech Sets, demonstrates how 11 innovative building techniques, used together, increase the safety of a home while reducing the need for maintenance and repair work.

Paul "Buz" Ausley, Director of the Florida Field Office of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, presented the Tech Set to an audience of builders, manufacturers and other industry professionals at PATH's Breakfast of Innovators, an annual event celebrating technological advancements in the home building industry.

Released quarterly, Tech Sets are collections of advanced technologies and building practices that take the guesswork out of choosing cost-effective solutions.

PATH's Storm Resistant Roofing Tech Set is designed to protect homes against water and wind, two of the leading sources of damage from hurricanes and tornados. The technologies create a tighter, dryer structure by reducing water infiltration and securely fixing the roof to the building envelope.

"PATH helps you be innovative," Frank Daly of BrownStone Builders, the developer of the high-performance 2,400 square foot home, told the crowd, "Before I knew about PATH, I was just your typical builder." He urged his peers to learn about improved building practices and products through PATH.

PATH also announced that it will partner with The Home Depot and the US Department of Energy to conduct home repair workshops for homeowners in the Gulf States whose houses were damaged from last fall's hurricanes. Three, two-day expos will be held in New Orleans, Biloxi, and Mobile over the next several weeks to train skilled, do-it-yourself homeowners. The workshops will emphasize measures that improve energy efficiency, durability and storm resistance, and will include demonstrations by manufacturers on how to repair walls and floors, roofs and ceilings, and windows and doors.

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Kate Fried

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