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NEST: National Economic Service-life Tools

Tools for Durable Homes

Durability is an important factor to consider when making decisions about your house. By choosing building materials with the most cost-effective level of durability, you can save in maintenance and replacement costs over the life of your home.

NEST is a set of tools and resources designed to help homeowners choose the right amount of durability for their homes. By examining factors such as the structure, location, materials, and age of a house, NEST can find the durable materials that will help you maintain your home at the lowest cost.

The NEST Builder is the first step in evaluating your housing material options. Then, continue to the Durability Doctor. Click on the icon below to begin.

[IMAGE: Click here to launch the NEST Toolbox]

If you experience any difficulty with the operation of the NEST tools, please email

Content updated on 9/1/2005

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