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December 6, 2005

PATH Launches Redesigned Website for Homeowners

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) announces the launch of PATH for Homeowners, a new web site to assist homeowners and homebuyers who demand more from their homes. The web site provides potential and current homeowners with tools and information that will help them build, remodel or purchase a home that is energy-efficient, durable, healthy, and disaster-resistant. Visitors are shown how to select building products that will positively impact their comfort while lowering homeownership costs.

Developed for the consumer, the site has been designed to also serve as a marketing aide to innovative builders, remodelers and manufacturers. Because the site breaks down often complex building systems into manageable pieces, potential customers will be better able to understand how selecting an innovative builder, remodeler or product can provide them with a higher-quality home.

"The goal of the new PATH for Homeowners Web site is to raise homeowners' expectations of home performance," says Dr. Carlos Martin, of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which administers PATH. "Many proven technologies can affordably improve safety and comfort, while reducing energy use and maintenance requirements. All the consumer needs to do is ask for them."

PATH for Homeowners is divided into four main sections: building a new home; finding an existing home; remodeling; and maintenance. The site offers guidance on finding the best professionals, provides resources on how to influence the homebuilding process for the best possible outcome, and offers room-by-room recommendations. The site addresses affordability, energy efficiency, health and comfort, durability, and disaster-resistance. It even translates industry jargon for the novice.

Planned additions to the site include a series of checklists to help the consumer make important decisions about selecting building professionals and make key comparisons in home offerings.

For more information:
Scott T. Shepherd

Content updated on 12/7/2005

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