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2006 PATH News

December 20, 2006
PATH to Unveil 2007 Top Ten Technologies at “Breakfast of Innovators”
PATH will unveil its Top 10 Technologies for 2007 at the NextGen "First to the Future" Demonstration Home in Orlando. Darlene Williams, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is scheduled to reveal the list, the first update to the original PATH Top Ten released in 2004.

December 14, 2006
PATHnet Receives Web Site Award
PATH has received a 2006 Talking Hands Award for offering a valuable Internet resource to people in the Gulf Coast area trying to rebuild and repair their homes in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane season.

November 29, 2006
PATH Stars on HGTV in December
HGTV Network's weekly program for building professionals will feature the work of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) in two episodes in December.

November 20, 2006
Give Your Loved One a Better Home for the Holidays
PATH offers a new twist on after-Thanksgiving shopping. PATH has launched a new database for homeowners and those who love them. At a glance, users can scan rebates, tax credits, exemptions and discounts available for home improvements or purchasing energy saving appliances.

November 17, 2006
PATH-Sponsored NextGen Home Steps into the Future at 2007 International Builders Show
PATH is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the NextGen "First to the Future" Demonstration Home February 7 to 10 at the 2007 International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida.

November 9, 2006
PATH, McGraw Hill Construction Release Results of Innovation in Residential Building Project
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.

November 8, 2006
Modular Manufacturers Gets Lean with PATH
With the support of the PATH and the Manufactured Housing Research Alliance, R-Anell Housing Group, a leading manufacturer of factory built housing, has taken the first step towards embracing lean home manufacturing, a method of approaching production that can dramatically reduce costs by systematically eliminating waste.

October 18, 2006
HUD Breaks Ground on America's First PATH Concept Home
HUD today broke ground on America's first PATH Concept Home which will feature innovative products and systems with traditional design elements to create a comfortable and affordable home."We are proud to have the nation's first PATH Concept Home being build right here in Omaha," said Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey.

October 11, 2006
New PATH Guide to Help Rebuild Flood-prone Areas Coming Soon
HUD has commissioned a new publication directed to builders and remodelers working in flood-prone areas. The "Flood Rehab Guide" will contain important information on rehabbing single-family houses that have been subjected to flooding.

October 4, 2006
PATH Takes Innovative Construction to School
Innovative green construction is coming to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with the help of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH). Today, work got underway on one of four green homes to be built by students at the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (LCCTC)'s Mount Joy campus.

September 29, 2006
Tech Set Talk on the Radio
PATH's Glen Salas will appear on "HOME INNOVATIONS!" from 11 a.m. until noon, Sunday, October 1 on WMAL (630 AM) in Washington, D.C. to discuss PATH's Tech Set No. 8: Green Kitchen Remodel.

September 27, 2006
Researchers Seal the Deal on Caulking Durability
Building designers and owners will soon be able to choose caulking products with known performance attributes, thus improving durability, reducing water leakage, and lowering costs of maintenance, thanks to a research project being conducted at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to evaluate caulking durability.

August 24, 2006
PATH Develops Profile of Innovative Production Builders
Do production builders commit staff to searching out innovation? How do they implement change? How do they communicate technological advantage to perspective homebuyers? PATH answers these and other important questions in "Characteristics of Innovative Production Home Builders," the results of a 2005 national survey of production builders.

August 16, 2006
Continuing the PATH to Hurricane Recovery
In the eye of the hurricane season, the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) returned to the Gulf Coast last weekend to arm residents with hurricane preparedness and reconstruction tips. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour's Recovery Expo on August 11, 12, and 13 drew more than 15,000 displaced residents to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

August 3, 2006
PATH Helps Gulf Coast Residents Prepare for '06 Hurricane Season
As hurricane season begins, PATH continues to do its part to help the residents of Gulf Coast region prepare by sponsoring a symposium in Biloxi, Mississippi, and continuing a series of hurricane preparedness and repair workshop in New Orleans.

July 31, 2006
PATH Study to Determine Best Ways to Connect Concrete Wall Systems and SIP Roofs
As energy prices increase, more homebuyers are demanding the most energy-efficient homes possible. Combining concrete wall systems with wood-based structural insulated panels (SIP) on the roof creates a high-performance, energy efficient home, but builders lack specifications for connecting these two products. PATH hopes a new study will resolve this.

July 27, 2006
Draft Protocol for Energy-Efficient Remodeling Developed
The protocols will assess the energy efficiency of an existing home and identify energy upgrades. They will provide guidance to remodeling and trade contractors and homeowners, and help ensure that dollars invested in energy upgrades result in maximum savings.

July 27, 2006
SIPA and PATH Release Prescriptive Method for Building with Structural Insulated Panels
Collaborating with SIPA and SIP manufacturers across the country, PATH was able to develop a performance standard for SIPs. SIPs achieving that standard were then tested and evaluated to create a comprehensive manual for SIP walls systems in residential construction.

July 19, 2006
ToolBase Website Redesigned To Help Builders Find Technical Information Faster
ToolBase Services has been fully redesigned with the user's experience in mind. The site was recently relaunched to help building professionals navigate comprehensive information on materials, innovative technologies, business management, and housing systems more easily.

July 18, 2006
PATH-McGraw Hill Survey Explores Attitudes Towards, Challenges Surrounding Innovation
PATH and McGraw Hill Construction today released the results of a survey of 617 homebuilders on their attitudes towards innovation, its benefits and challenges, and the most valued information sources.

July 18, 2006
PATH Awards $60,000 in Research Grants
PATH has awarded the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and the NAHB Research Center $60,000 in funds for a cooperative research project to develop cost-effective guidelines for connecting concrete walls to structural insulated panel roof systems.

July 13, 2006
PATH Roundtable Explores IT Systems as Key to Improved Productivity
To discuss the impediments to IT adoption within the residential building industry, and potential strategies for successful for its implementation, PATH convened builders and IT software developers last month at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.

June 8, 2006
PATH Demonstrations Help Prepare Gulf Coast Residents for '06 Hurricane Season
Just in time for the hurricane season jitters, PATH teamed up last weekend with the US Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and The Home Depot to offer free hurricane repair and preparation workshops to homeowners in North Fort Meyers, Florida.

June 8, 2006
Concept Home Design Charrette Fine Tunes House for Omaha Demonstration
Experts in residential design, building systems, and construction convened at the Concept Home Design Charrette on June 6th to progress the Concept Home from prototype to a one-of-a-kind demonstration.

June 2, 2006
PATH Lends Expertise to Panel on the Economics of Housing Technologies
In another first, PATH helped coordinate a panel discussion on the economics of housing technologies at the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association's (AREUEA) Mid-Year meeting in Washington, DC. Held on Wednesday, May 31st, the panel addressed economic and management issues as they relate to innovation in the residential building industry.

June 2, 2006
Manufactured Home Builders Get Lean
The Manufactured Housing Research Alliance (MHRA) held a training course for representatives from nine manufacturing plants to demonstrate Lean Production techniques, a method of making factory-built homes that eliminating waste and improves processes, in order to save time and money while improving quality

April 28, 2006
Don McCarthy's Millennium House Wins Green Building Award from OSU's Environmental Institute
A PATH-sponsored project in Tulsa, Oklahoma that uses cutting-edge materials to create an affordable, storm-resistant and energy-efficient house has been recognized by Oklahoma State University's Environmental Institute.

April 26, 2006
PATH-Sponsored BASF Home Demonstrates Affordable Green Building Practices
BASF cut the ribbon today on its Near Zero Energy Home, a PATH-sponsored prototype house in Paterson, New Jersey, that uses many of the most innovative examples of environmentally sustainable building.

April 5, 2006
Exploring the Supply Chain: Cooperative Research Project Launched
HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced that NLBMDA has been chosen as one of the recipients of the PATH Cooperative Research grant. This project will provide vital information for the future integration of building products in the construction supply-chain.

April 4, 2006
PATH Recognized as an Influential Force in Green Remodeling Issues
Prominent housing industry researchers recognized PATH as a catalyst in building industry innovation on March 29 at Harvard University when Dr. Carlos Martin, a director of the PATH Program, moderated a panel discussion exploring consumer attitudes towards "green" remodeling.

April 4, 2006
PATH Innovator Breaks Ground on First of its Kind Green Subdivision
Cherokee Investment Partners, a PATH partner and leader in the acquisition, remediation and sustainable redevelopment of brownfields, broke ground yesterday on the Mainstream Green Home, the first home in the first subdivision in the country to be built under the National Association of Home Builders' Model Green Home Building Guidelines.

March 8, 2006
PATH Celebrates Innovation, Unveils Plans for Home of the Future
Decision-makers and leaders within the residential building industry learned about recent advancements in home building and the need for continued investment in building innovation yesterday at PATH's American Block Party on Innovation Street.

March 2, 2006
The Consumer is Determined to Play the Most Critical Role in Spurring Housing Innovation
PATH and McGraw-Hill Construction Announce Preliminary Results From Housing Innovation Symposium.

January 24, 2006
Free Home Repair Workshop for New Orleans Homeowners
Thousands of hurricane-affected residents of Orleans and Jefferson Parish learned how to repair damaged walls, fortify roofs, replace windows and install insulation--courtesy of a consortium of the Department of Energy, PATH and its partners.

January 12, 2006
Maufacturer Partners Recongized at PATH "Breakfast of Innovators"
PATH presented certificates of appreciation to four manufacturer partners at the NextGen Demonstration Home. Recipients were acknowledged for their commitment to improving home quality and affordability.

January 12, 2006
PATH Unveils Recommendations for Storm-Resistant Roofing; Announces Partnership on Hurricane Repair Workshops for Gulf State Homeowners
Before a large crowd at the NextGen "Peace of Mind" Demonstration Home, 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.

January 11, 2006
HUD Selects Builder and Site for Concept Home Demonstration Project
PATH today announced the selection of Brighton Construction to build the Concept Home Demonstration Home in Omaha, Nebraska.

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