What is a quality home?
Homes can be built with the strongest and most durable materials, but still have major maintenance problems. Occasionally, homeowners have energy-efficient systems installed but still pay huge energy bills. Such anomalies are the result of poor craftsmanship or of homes being built too quickly or under tight budgetary constraints. PATH believes the care taken in selecting quality materials and innovative technologies should be matched by the care taken to construct and install these materials in a home. In addition to these financial considerations, quality issues arise from environmental concerns. Imbalance of land use, improper disposal of material wastes, and poor installation of systems in a home can affect air and water quality.
While PATH's vision does not specify a goal for something as difficult to quantify as quality, PATH hopes to reduce maintenance costs by 50% for future homeowners.
Building Better Homes at Lower Costs January 1998
Life Cycle Assessment Tools to Measure Environmental Impacts December 2001
Making the Quality Connection: Improving the Building Industry Insurance Situation Through Quality Assurance Programs (*.pdf, 65 KB)
New Horizons in Quality Management
PATH's ISO 9000 Program
Quality Assurance System for Wood Framing Contractors December 2000
Content updated on 10/29/2004