PATH - A Public Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology

November 9, 2006

PATH, McGraw Hill Construction Release Results of Innovation in Residential Building Project [IMAGE: symposium study report cover sm.jpg]

Reports emphasize need for new market research that will lead to improved productivity and increased profitability in home building

PATH and McGraw Hill Construction released today four reports, one of which -- "Residential Market Research for Innovation" -- details the entire scope of work under a partnership conducted by PATH and McGraw-Hill Construction to investigate the most critical research data gaps impeding better understanding of innovation adoption.

The findings of the project are clear: additional market research can better equip stakeholders to meet the challenge of technology adoption in housing.

"There is no doubt our industry is lagging in terms of innovation, yet innovation is the very thing that spurs profitability and productivity," states Harvey M. Bernstein, vice president of industry analytics, alliances and strategic initiatives for McGraw-Hill Construction. "We need to understand what's holding us back because home building has such an impact on the U.S. economy. That is why the need for more market research in the housing industry is critical."

Indeed, the U.S. economy is greatly affected by the home building industry, which comprises over 4% of the GDP (with all construction contributing 8%, second only to healthcare).

The information contained in the reports stem from content gathered at February 2006's Symposium on Market Data for Housing Innovation. The symposium brought together industry leaders, including manufacturers, builders, academics, researchers and trade associations, to discuss these issues.

Symposium leaders -- whose recommendations are provided in one of the reports, "Symposium on Market Data Housing Innovation: Symposium Summary" -- observe that consumers, manufacturers and builders all play a role in spurring technological change within the residential building industry, but gaps exist pertaining to common understanding of their behaviors.

Although these stakeholders have different needs, they also share several common ones. The five identified areas for research collection include the following:

To create a roadmap for future data collection efforts, PATH and McGraw-Hill Construction interpreted these five themes from both an industry implementation perspective and a policy perspective. The industry implementation plan presents public and private industry stakeholders with tangible action items for continued market research, while the public policy paper offers recommendations to facilitate housing innovation and technology adoption.

Download a copy of the final report

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McGraw-Hill Construction
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