PATH - A Public Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology

October 28, 2004

PATH Studies Advanced Panelized Construction

Project to develop Performance Standard Criteria for housing industry

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) announces a research project to further the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Advanced Panelized Construction Technology Roadmap, which seeks to encourage and aid the homebuilding industry in the development of building panels that "perform multiple functions and integrate multiple tasks into a single step or process." The project will achieve a greater understanding of panelized construction and develop Performance Standard Criteria for panel connections to encourage widespread use of this building technology.

The project will investigate the state-of-the-art in panel connection systems with approximately 15 systems documented in the field and analyzed for performance characteristics. The focus of the project will be on proprietary panel systems consisting of wood, metal, concrete, and structural insulation, as well as the performance of connections between the panel system and other elements of the house, such as the foundation, the roof and the utilities.

The analysis will develop the Performance Standard Criteria, which will be more generic in nature and guide builders in the selection of panel connection systems. The Performance Standard Criteria will also serve as a benchmark for the panelized home industry to understand how connections systems should perform, and might lead to further research on the design of panel connections.

For more information:
Luis Borray

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