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PATH Energy Efficiency Publications

Accelerating the Adoption of Vacuum Insulation Technology in Home Construction, Renovation, and Remodeling December 2002
Vacuum Insulation is a technology with the potential to improve the thermal performance of housing. In response to the opportunity for gains in residential thermal performance, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development commissioned a program aimed at accelerating the development of Vacuum Insulated Panel products for home construction, renovation, and remodeling.

Attic Ventilation Design Strategies for Manufactured Homes October 2002
A literature search and review was conducted to investigate attic ventilation design strategies for manufactured homes. The research concluded that homes in the hot, humid climate may benefit the most from alternate attic design strategies, including an unvented attic design.

Building Concrete Masonry Homes: Design and Construction August 1998
This document identifies the major issues related to the design and construction of a home with above-grade concrete masonry walls, and presents different approaches to construction details including the installation of insulation, floor framing, and doors and windows.

Community Guide to Basic and Cost-Saving Construction in the American Southwest January 2004
This book is written for non-profit housing developers, local housing advocates, self-help homeowners, and community groups that provide housing in the rural Southwest, and is intended to showcase the cost benefits of energy-efficient home construction and rehabilitation.

Concrete Masonry Homes: Recommended Practices December 1999
This document was developed as a guideline for using concrete masonry in the construction of homes in the United States. It focuses primarily on the attachment of common residential materials and elements to concrete masonry wall construction.

Cost and Benefits of Insulating Concrete Forms for Residential Construction November 2001
Several benefits of Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are discussed in this guide, and are quantified to the extent possible based on available technical data and analysis. The benefits of ICF house construction considered in this study are structural safety, comfort, energy efficiency, and durability.

Design Guide for Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations June 1994
The objective of this design guide is to assist U.S. builders, designers, code officials, and others in employing frost-protected shallow foundations as a practical alternative to deeper, more-costly foundations in cold regions with seasonal ground freezing and the potential for frost heave.

Energy Desk Book
The Energy Desk Book spotlights the heavy burden utility costs can place on affordable housing and economic development. It reviews the important energy mandates for HUD programs and discusses the resources available to reduce these costs for American families and communities.

Technology Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in Existing Homes - Volume 1: Technology Brainstorming June 2002
This document focuses specifically on improving energy efficiency in existing housing, describes the challenges, and outlines activities and accomplishments that will lead to the achievement of the vision.

Technology Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in Existing Homes - Volume 2: Strategies Defined October 2003
This publication presents a vision for the housing industry that includes improving the energy performance of existing homes and decreasing energy use by an average of 30% in at least 50 million existing homes by 2010.

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.

Energy Performance Contracting for Public and Indian Housing February 1992
This Guidebook was developed to explore and clarify the use of energy performance contracting by Public Housing Agencies and Indian Housing Authorities (PHAs and IHAs). It defines how performance contracting may be done in accordance with regulations governing HUD's Performance Funding System for Public and Indian Housing.

Field Test of Advanced Duct-Sealing Technologies within the Weatherization Assistance Program November 2001
A field test of an aerosol-spray duct-sealing technology and a conventional, best-practice approach was performed in 80 homes to determine the efficacy and programmatic needs of the duct-sealing technologies as applied in the U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program. The study found that, compared with the best-practice approach, the aerosol-spray technology is 50% more effective at sealing duct leaks and can potentially reduce labor time and costs for duct sealing by 70%, or almost 4 crew-hours.

Guide to More Effective and Efficient Building Regulatory Processes Through Information Technology September 2006
This guide draws upon successful practices of state and local governments to provide elected officials and their building codes administration and enforcement agencies. Also the guide is useful to communities who wish to exchange experiences with counterparts elsewhere in the country.

HUD Rehab Guide: Volumes One-Nine
The HUD Rehab Guide series, written for builders, architects, engineers, and other housing rehabilitation professionals, aims to speed acceptance of innovative housing technologies and state-of-the-art practices in nine areas. The nine volumes cover a distinct element of housing rehabilitation and feature breakthrough materials, labor-saving tools, and cost-cutting practices.

HVAC Sizing Methodology for Insulated Concrete Homes February 2004
The objective of this work was to compile available information regarding energy use in concrete homes, develop additional information as needed, and use this information to develop a methodology to properly size heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment for concrete homes in the US and Canada.

The Ins and Outs of Caulking

Insulating Concrete Forms: Comparative Thermal Performance December 1999
Insulating Concrete Forms: Comparative Thermal Performance contains results on energy and thermal comfort performance, as well as computer modeling of energy use.

Manufactured Homes: Saving Money by Saving Energy August 2005
This practical guide is comprised of energy-saving tips, techniques, and recommendations for owners of manufactured (mobile) homes.

NextGen House Final Report
By its retail price and final installed cost, the NextGen HUD-Code house demonstrates it is both attractive and affordable to potential buyers.

The Practice of Low Impact Development July 2003
This publication presents a land development process--Low Impact Development (LID)--that uses various land planning and design practices and technologies to conserve and protect natural resource systems and reduce infrastructure costs.

Prescriptive Method for Connecting Cold-Formed Steel Framing to Insulating Concrete Form Walls in Residential Construction February 2003
This document was developed as a guideline for the connection of cold-formed steel (CFS) frame assemblies and structures to insulating concrete form (ICF) exterior walls in the construction of single-family homes.

Prescriptive Method for Insulating Concrete Forms in Residential Construction May 1998
Builders, code officials, design professionals, and others will find Prescriptive Method a helpful guide to using this new material for residential construction. Based on thorough testing and research, the prescriptive method section of the report outlines minimum requirements for ICF systems including wall thickness, termite protection, reinforcement, lintel span, and connection requirements.

Prescriptive Method for Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) Used In Wall Systems In Residential Construction June 2006
The Prescriptive Method for Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) Used in Wall Systems in Residential Construction (Prescriptive Method) is a guideline to facilitate the use of SIPs in wall systems for the construction of one- and two-family dwellings.

Tech Practices
Learn how builders and remodelers across the nation have integrated proven technologies into their construction practices. Tech Practices highlight the use of PATH technologies in a variety of projects.

ToolBase is the housing industry's resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems.

Top 5 Ways to Sell Innovations Spring 2001
Describes how to build and sell a better home at a competitive price.

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