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The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing is a public-private initiative dedicated to accelerating the development and use of technologies that radically improve the quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, and affordability of America's housing. PATH is a HUD-supported program.

PATH is a voluntary partnership in which leaders of the homebuilding, product manufacturing, insurance, and financial industries join forces with representatives of 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.

Why is PATH Needed?

Despite the importance of the housing industry to the American economy, there is very little investment in residential technologies. This is especially true of the single-family homes that make up most of America's housing stock.

It can take 10 to 25 years for a new housing technology to achieve full market penetration. PATH looks at the issues and barriers related to technology development in the housing industry, and strives for viable cost-effective solutions.

How Does PATH Accelerate the Adoption of Housing Technologies?

The PATH program spurs change in housing industry design and construction by:

  • Providing the latest information on innovative building materials, processes, and systems;
  • Showcasing innovative housing projects that can serve as models for builders and homeowners across the country;
  • Promoting focused, cooperative housing research among industry, government, and university partners;
  • Tackling institutional barriers to innovation -- from risk and liability concerns to the lack of effective product evaluation systems.

We invite you to explore the wealth of resources here, and join us in our efforts to make the affordable, quality American home a reality.

Content updated on 5/28/2004

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