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Before You Install Exterior Wood-Based Siding

Building Better Homes at Lower Costs January 1998
National Construction Goals assigned highest priority to the two following goals: to reduce production costs through improved technology and to improve product durability.

Building Concrete Masonry Homes: Design and Construction August 1998
This document identifies the major issues related to the design and construction of a home with above-grade concrete masonry walls, and presents different approaches to construction details including the installation of insulation, floor framing, and doors and windows.

Back to Quality Assurance Basics with ISO 9000

Concrete Masonry Homes: Recommended Practices December 1999
This document was developed as a guideline for using concrete masonry in the construction of homes in the United States. It focuses primarily on the attachment of common residential materials and elements to concrete masonry wall construction.

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.

Evaluation Site: Shea Homes, San Diego, CA

Fair Housing Act Design Manual Revised April 1998
This manual provides guidance in designing and constructing housing that complies with the Fair Housing Act.

A Guide to Deconstruction: An Overview of Deconstruction With a Focus on Community Development Opportunities February 2000
Describes techniques for deconstruction, the process of selective dismantling or removal of materials from buildings before or instead of demolition.

Hot Spot Inspections

Hybrid Wood and Steel Details--Builder's Guide July 2003
This report provides the information that builders need to construct hybrid cold-formed steel and wood homes. By providing builders and framers with the necessary tools to construct these homes economically, HUD enhances housing affordability and quality through competition from new methods and materials.

Industrializing the Residential Construction Site July 2000
This document, released by HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), examines the means and methods available for integrating and industrializing the housing construction site and the housing industry. It describes the history of and possibilities for industrialization in the industry, and includes strategies for all scales of builders, from small volume to production builders.

Industrializing the Residential Construction Site Phase II: Information Mapping June 2001
As the common denominator on all construction sites, information is a critical beginning for understanding integration, and one that HUD believes is central to its ongoing research to determine why the home building industry lags behind other industries in technological innovation and adoption. This document is the product of that research, and it includes a record and analysis of the information flows and breaks on construction sites, as well as recommendations for overcoming these breaks.

Industrializing the Residential Construction Site Phase III: Production Systems June 2002
This project explores the impact of information breaks on actual workflow. A variety of technical and managerial approaches are studied that will lead to more rapid construction production, with better planning and coordination, and with more efficient material and labor use.

Industrializing the Residential Construction Site Phase IV: Production Simulation December 2004
This report details the findings from development of a computerized simulation model of framing processes; i.e., the erection of prefabricated wall panels, based on observations of current field practices. The simulation model makes experiments possible, replicating conditions of a proposed system without actually having to build.

Technology Roadmap: Information Technology to Accelerate and Streamline Home Building June 2002
This report examines how information technology can greatly improve the speed and efficiency of the entire home building process. The report explores how computers, software, and communications (especially wireless technology and the Internet) can improve speed, efficiency, and quality in home building.

Installing HUD-Code Homes
This manual lays out all the issues that need to be considered while installing a HUD-Code home. It addresses the installation of both new and used homes, and its chapters follow the steps commonly taken to install such a home.

Life Cycle Assessment Tools to Measure Environmental Impacts December 2001
Given the potential importance of these tools for America's homebuilders, HUD commissioned the NAHB Research Center to convene a meeting of experts to critique LCAs and offer suggestions on making the tools more useful.

Moisture-Resistant Homes March 2006
This guide advances the goal of designing, building, and maintaining houses that manage moisture effectively. By making moisture-resistant best practices available in an easy-to-use form, a variety of the most common moisture-related problems in homes can be avoided.

National Construction Goals July 1996
The National Construction Goals are an outgrowth of the cabinet-level National Science and Technology Council, which was charged with coordinating the $70 billion spent annually on federal research and development. The Goals were developed by the Council's Subcommittee on Construction and Building, involving 16 federal agencies.

NextGen House Final Report
By its retail price and final installed cost, the NextGen HUD-Code house demonstrates it is both attractive and affordable to potential buyers.

PATH Technology Roadmapping

Pilot Study: Applying Lean to Factory Homebuilding July 2007
Nine manufactured and modular home production plants were trained and coached in the implementation of lean production methods to their manufacturing facilities. Representatives from each plant attended a week-long training workshop on lean production conducted by the Manufactured Housing Research Alliance (MHRA).

A Report on the Feasibility of Deconstruction January 2001
Deconstruction is the process of selective dismantling or removal of materials from buildings before or instead of demolition. Based on a study of four urban communities, this report details how communities can potentially use deconstruction to support and complement other community objectives.

Review of Structural Materials and Methods for Home Building in the United States: 1900 to 2000 January 2001
This paper examines the evolution of U.S. housing construction during the 20th century. Of particular interest are changes in construction practices associated with the materials and methods used in home building that affect structural performance.

The Role of Information Technology in Housing Design and Construction November 1999
In November 1999, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy sponsored a roundtable to discuss how Information Technology (IT) could be used during the design and construction of homes to improve their quality and affordability. This document includes both a summary of the roundtable, as well as an appendix that provides additional information and resources on the topics discussed.

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