While you may not work directly with the materials and technologies going into a home or building, it is essential for planners to have the ability to collaborate and understand the pieces of a sustainable, healthy community.
Reducing the impact of urbanization and redevelopment practices is beneficial to all stakeholders. Therefore, a planner must be familiar with practices that mitigate the impact of development by decreasing reliance on land, resources and infrastructure.
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Affordable Housing Design Advisor January 2001
This CD-ROM tool was designed to help the developers, sponsors, and users of affordable housing understand what constitutes quality design, why it's worth striving for, and how to achieve it in their own projects.
Affordability and Value Through Housing Technology: Programs and Services Guide May 2002
This booklet provides information on the tools and information that can be used to take advantage of the services and opportunities that PATH offers.
Electronic Permitting Systems and How To Implement Them April 2002
This publication is designed to help America's communities understand the process of selecting and implementing an electronic permitting system. Benefiting from the experiences of others, communities can implement electronic permitting systems with better results and at lower cost.
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.
NEST: National Economic Service-life Tools
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 to maintain a home at the lowest cost.
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.
"ResearchWorks" is intended to bridge the gap between the research and practitioner communities, bringing together news of the latest research, the practical application of good ideas, and the recognition of those who make a difference in the field of housing and community development.
Residential Rehabilitation Inspection Guide February 2000
This guide provides step-by-step technical information for evaluating a residential building's site, exterior, interior, and structural, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.
PATH works to keep the homebuilding industry informed of global technological changes by monitoring relevant sectors and forecasting potential applications.
Analyses of commercialized technologies that have (or have not) significantly penetrated the market.
Success stories gathered by PATH to demonstrate the use of new housing technologies.
ToolBaseTechnical information resource, a service of the NAHB Research Center, funded by private industry and HUD through PATH.
Content updated on 3/8/2005