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May 12, 2003

PATH Sponsors 2004 NextGen Demonstration Home

Home to Showcase Building Science, Energy Efficiency in Affordable Format

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) has announced it will reprise its role as a sponsor of the NextGen Demonstration Home in Las Vegas, Nevada. Returning this time as the Home's platinum title sponsor, PATH will be a driving force in the selection of advanced building technologies for the home. PATH, a public-private partnership that works to improve America's housing by speeding the creation and use of advanced technologies, wants builders to understand the technologies demonstrated in the home are proven and worthy of broad adoption.

A project of iShow, a communications firm serving the residential construction industry, the NextGen Home will again be open parallel with the International Builders Show, scheduled for January 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year's model, a 2,300 square-foot home to be built on the grounds of the Las Vegas Convention Center, will again showcase building science and energy efficiency. The NextGen Home will be open to both the building industry and the general public.

"Unlike most commercially developed demonstration homes, NextGen 2003 offered the building industry a compelling example of quality and energy efficiency in a format within reach of a middle-income family," said Dave Engel of the Office of Policy Development and Research of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which administers PATH. "NextGen '04 will be a smaller format home with a stronger emphasis on affordability. We're excited about demonstrating how builders can use technology to achieve high quality and energy efficiency in a home that a schoolteacher or firefighter could hope to own."

The versatile design plan of the home will allow for a wide range of upgrades, to appeal to buyers of greater means or to support the needs of growing families. Some of these upgrades will be included in the NextGen Home.

Designed for the local Nevada climate, the NextGen Demonstration Home will illustrate good water conservation principles and other aspects of environmental performance, including protection of indoor air quality and the use of recycled materials. The home will also offer examples of universal design.

PATH is working with other project leaders to ensure a "whole house" approach: a systems-oriented view of housing construction that yields methods of building faster, at lower cost, and with higher quality.

NextGen 2004 will be a modular home. Built in a factory and assembled on site at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the home will be virtually indistinguishable from a site-built home.

With more than 90,000 building industry professionals in attendance at the 2003 International Builders Show, PATH expects the 2004 show to offer extraordinary opportunities for outreach. Through home tours, online video, and national exposure in print and broadcast media, PATH will promote proven building technologies that deserve broader adoption, and provide building industry professionals with the information they need to implement these technologies in their own projects.

"NextGen 04 is not just about showcasing state-of-the-art technology," said Engel. "It's also about providing the builder with a map of how to get there."

About PATH:

PATH ( is a public-private partnership of leading-edge homebuilders and manufacturers, researchers, professional groups, and Federal agencies concerned with housing. By working together, PATH partners improve the quality and affordability of today's new and existing homes, strengthen the technology infrastructure of the United States, and help create the next generation of American housing.

Technologies profiled by PATH are selected for their strengths in one or more of the following areas: quality and durability; energy efficiency; environmental performance; safety and disaster mitigation; and affordability.

About iShow:
iShow (, based in Bellevue, Washington, is a communications firm serving the residential construction industry. The NextGen 2004 Demonstration Home is the latest in a series of omni-media demonstration projects produced by the company.

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