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Success Stories: PATH in Practice

Many contractors incorporate new technologies through PATH activities, but many other forward-thinking contractors independently incorporate cutting-edge technologies and practices into their work.

These contractors might use energy-efficient technologies, while others enhance the quality of the homes they build by using the National Construction Goals. Some may have developed unique relationships with housing developers to incorporate new technologies, while others show extraordinary pride in workmanship. PATH salutes these builders and wants to help the whole housing industry-especially homebuyers-know who they are.

PATH has tracked builders through a variety of sources: some are brought to PATH's attention by Field Evaluation and Demonstration Site staff; some are already PATH partners; others simply let PATH know about the great work they do on their own. PATH hopes to develop a list of builders who are adopting new technologies for every state, describing their activities and inspiration.

Submit a Story

PATH wants to know when builders use the PATH technologies in the Technology Inventory and about other good work by builders in the areas of affordability, quality, energy-efficiency, environmental impact, hazard mitigation, or labor safety. Builders can submit their stories to PATH on-line.

Product manufacturers and trade associations also are welcome to submit names of builders with whom they have worked well or that have satisfied a product-specific training or certification program.

Success Stories by State


Phoenix: Arizona Public Service
Resource conservation home uses "smart" HVAC, solar, and photovoltaics.


Anaheim: Nicholas Lane Contractors
Makes steel framing work in California.

San Diego: Shea Homes
Quality, award-winning, works towards ISO9000 certification.

Newport Beach: Silvercrest Western Homes
High quality detailing/finishes on manufactured housing turn mobile home park to upscale neighborhood.


Boulder: McStain Enterprises, Inc. Environmentally sustainable development, energy efficient HVAC.

Steamboat Springs: Habitat Design Construction Showcasing water conservation and photovoltaics.


Hartford: Northern Enterprise Home Manufacturings
Makes the mark with precast foundations.


Dover: Dunrite Construction, Inc.
Increasing energy efficiency of traditional wood framed homes to provide "Gede Performance Home" energy warranty.


Panama City: Koehnemann Construction, Inc.
Making energy efficiency affordable.

Port Charlotte: Home front, Inc.
Manufacturer's system using fiber-cement structural insulated panels stands up to hurricane.


Spirit Lake: Bill Eich Construction
Saves on foundation costs with Frost Protected Shallow Foundation.


Leawood: Stone Ledge Developments, Ltd.
Attracts buyers with maintenance free, energy efficient homes.


Louisville: FBC, Inc.
Provides energy efficient, affordable housing with rent-to-own financing/maintenance programs.


Patuxent City: Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc.
Utilizes a shared wastewater treatment system and geothermal heat pumps.

Jessup: Corridor 1 L.P.
Innovations in manufactured housing.

Upper Marlboro: NAHB Research Center Innovative structural materials and energy efficiency.


Marshfield: Component Structures, Inc.
Polyisocyanurate SIPs walls and roof, tankless hot water system increase r-rating and space.

Boston: Long and Gordon/City of Boston Dept. of Neighborhood Development
Modular construction saves time, adds durability and energy efficiency to infill housing.


Greenville: Controlled Environment Structures
Making SIPs work for over 11 years.


Minneapolis: AFM Corporation
Reduces HVAC system cost with ICF's and SIPs.

New Jersey

Califon: Asdal Builders' Raritan Inn
NAHB Research Center aids builder with first known zero-energy remodel in the United States.

New York

Brooklyn: East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC)
800 unit modular development in Brooklyn, NY.

Kingston: RBG, Inc.
Marketing geothermal technology.

Rochester: Ryan Homes Showcasing systems engineering, precast foundations and OVE.

Ithaca: Jerold Weisburd Coterre
Geothermal heat pumps with pond-water heat exchange, inventive arrangement of distribution systems, submetering reuse, category five wiring and densely-packed wall insulation.


Johnson's Island, Lake Erie: David Allen Builders
Uses steel/rigid insulation panelized system with airtight, superinsulated walls, and geothermal heat pump.

Ridgeville: Bob Schmitt Homes
Incorporates geothermal heat pumps cost effectively.


Tulsa: Kleinco Construction Services
Customer service and quality pays off.

Tulsa: The Millennium House
Building a strong, affordable house for the new millennium.


Eugene: NEDCO
The Field of Dreams residential community, completed in Eugene, Oregon, combines ingenuity at several levels of project delivery. Technologies include optimum value engineering (OVE), insulated headers, and advanced ventilation controls.


Philadelphia: Bradley Builders
Modular housing with solar water heating, photovoltaic panels and energy monitoring.

South Carolina

Dewees Island: Island Preservation Partnership
Energy efficiency and sustainability.


San Antonio: Medallion Homes
Setting itself apart with energy efficient and environmentally friendly construction.

Dallas: BBH Enterprises, Inc.
Combines energy efficiency, ductless air distribution and purified interior air for health reasons.

Dallas: Carl Franklin Homes, Inc.
Low cost and maintenance with SIPs and geothermal heat pump.

Dallas: Palm Harbor Homes
Energy Star manufactured housing line.

Houston: Parkside
OVE and standardized parts keep costs low and standards high.

Lubbock: Community Development Program
The city of Lubbock has become a leader in building some of America's most energy efficient homes as part of their Community Development Program.


Salt Lake City: Watt Homes of Utah
Customer service and energy efficient construction give Watt Homes the edge.


Chantilly: Pulte Homes
Pulte Homes has started experimenting with computerized factory try an build better-performing homes quicker and at less expense.

Content updated on 4/6/2005

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