The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH), administered by HUD, focused on improving the affordability and value of new and existing homes. Through public and private efforts, PATH worked to improve affordability, energy efficiency, environmental impact, quality, durability and maintenance, hazard mitigation, and labor safety. To accomplish this, PATH identified research and established priorities for technology development to enable the home building industry to work toward the PATH mission. This priority setting process, known as "Roadmapping," brought together many industry stakeholders, including builders, remodelers, trade contractors, material and product suppliers, financial representatives, codes and standards officials, and public sector R&D sponsors. The process resulted in the following five roadmaps and related reports.
Information Technology to Accelerate and Streamline Home Building
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. Read report.
Whole House and Building Process Redesign
This report explores a systems-oriented view of houses and the process we use to build them to see if there are ways to do it faster, at lower cost, with higher quality. Read report.
This interim report documents progress in the development of a technology roadmap that addresses the "whole house" perspective on home building, and the entirety of the home building process. Roadmap development was initiated in 2001, and a status report on year one activities was published in 2002. This interim roadmap report incorporates the results of activities and work performed since early 2002. Read report.
Energy Efficiency in Existing Homes
This document focuses specifically on improving energy efficiency in existing housing. It describes the challenges, and outlines activities and accomplishments that will lead to the achievement of the vision. Read report.
This is a year-two progress report of the Energy Efficiency in Existing Homes roadmap. Read report.
This third volume expands on the concepts developed in the previous two volumes and presents them in the prioritized order determined by the web-based decision making process. The report discusses eight key strategies and associated activities for bringing about new levels of energy conservation in the nation’s existing housing stock. Read report.
Advanced Panelized Construction
This report explores the potential advantages of shifting away from "construction in place" with respect to labor skills, quality control, standardization, and economical engineering. Read report.
Much progress has been made since the Year One Progress Report in helping to develop the next generation of advanced panel systems for the benefit of the American home buyer. Read report.
Technology Roadmapping for Manufactured Housing
The Roadmap offers a vision of how the factory built housing industry, already the nation's primary supplier of affordable homes, will continue to create and apply new technologies that increase home value and performance. Read report.
This document is the second on the topic of manufactured housing. This version expands on the original Roadmap by suggesting a broad array of research initiatives drawn from discussions with leaders in the factory building industry. Read report.