Welcome, Realtors and Appraisers
Realtors and appraisers can provide homeowners and prospective homeowners with information or resources relating to durability, energy efficiency and safety in a home. A knowledgable appraiser realizes that a home built of more durable materials is actually more valuable than an otherwise equivalent home. High energy costs are making energy efficient homes more attractive on the market.
A Realtor can advise a prospective seller on energy efficient upgrades to include when the seller is sprucing up a home before putting it on the market. This advice can provide a competitive advantage to the seller and add value to the Realtor's service. The home is likely to sell more quickly and at a better price.
PATH provides information about technological innovations, presented without jargon, tied to costs, and consistent with the ways partners do business. PATH is developing programs relevant to procedures (considering the quality and cost of new housing technologies) for home appraisal, insurance rates, and mortgages.
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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.
Builder sites where PATH assesses and evaluates technologies being used in housing, typically involving more units and technologies than do the evaluation sites.
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.
Builder sites where PATH assesses and evaluates technologies being used in housing.
Getting Building Technology Accepted: Developing and Deploying New Building Technologies November 2002
This report explains how regulatory activities affect new building technology research, development, and deployment, and how to apply regulatory information to develop and deploy building technologies.
Measuring and Assessing the Consequences of Technology and Innovation for Affordability of Housing: Proceedings of the NIST - PATH Workshop February 2004
Through PATH support, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is developing a set of affordability guidelines for owner-occupied housing. This report describes the NIST--PATH Housing Affordability Workshop held on June 4-5, 2003. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss ways for measuring and assessing the consequences of technology and innovation on the affordability of housing.
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.
PATH Technologies that Benefit Fire Reconstruction Efforts in California
Technologies to increase the fire resistance of the home or development, reduce the time it will take to redevelop and rebuild, reduce the cost of rebuilding. Some of these technologies even increase earthquake resistance.
Technology Barriers Analysis
PATH's assessment of the barriers that slow or prevent a new housing technology from reaching the market.
Success stories gathered by PATH to demonstrate the use of new housing technologies.
Content updated on 7/30/2004