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Welcome, Homebuilders

Homebuilders are the most important members of the PATH technology chain as they make decisions about how to build and what materials to use. Working with the NAHB Research Center and other homebuilding groups, PATH provides tools and publications that homebuilders can use if they have questions about existing or developing technologies.

PATH Partners Program
Add PATH to your team - and gain market advantage.

Read about partner benefits and qualifications.

To become a PATH Partner, please contact us or download and complete a membership application form (Word, 58 KB).

Meet PATH Builder Partners.

PATH Tools for Builders

Tech Sets
PATH's Tech Sets are a new resource, released quarterly, that provides builders direction in selecting innovative technologies and implementing them in a systems approach - which allows you to maximize the new technologies' benefits.

Technology Inventory
Source of information on technological innovations in the housing industry. Includes more than 175 new technologies.

View short videos to learn about the newest advances in homebuilding: high performance homes, whole house design and plumbing innovations.

PATH Issues
Benefit from improving the affordability, disaster resistance, durability, energy efficiency, safety and quality of your homes.

Tech Practices
Learn how builders and remodelers across the nation have integrated proven technologies into their construction practices. Tech Practices highlight the use of PATH technologies in a variety of projects, including PATH Field Evaluations and independent builder projects.

Technical information resource, a service of the NAHB Research Center, funded by private industry and HUD through PATH.

Quality Programs for Builders
Resources for builders on quality building.

Housing Markets
Up to date information on housing market conditions and demographics.

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.

Integrating Panels into the Production Homebuilding Process September 2005
How do builders decide whether to use panelized house systems? What factors come into play when a builder is contemplating making a move to panelized construction? And for what reasons would builders who are inclined to try a new building technology choose not to use panelized construction? These are some of the questions asked in this study conducted for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's PATH (Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing) program in an effort to understand how builders decide to use panel systems

Organizing Residential Utilities: A New Approach to Housing Quality November 2004
Utilities are run almost haphazardly through the walls of stick-built homes, sometimes compromising structure and insulating integrity, and always making repair and modification difficult. In the future, utilities will become more complicated as homes become centers of work, learning, communication, entertainment, preventative health care, and distributed energy production. This report outlines methods of disentangling utilities, with the goal of increasing the functionality of housing, while reducing its 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.

The Diffusion of Innovation in the Residential Building Industry January 2004
This study identifies the types of home building firms that are more likely to adopt innovation at various stages. The results will directly assist PATH and others in determining the most effective mechanisms for accelerating the technology adoption process.

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.

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Content updated on 1/10/2006

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