PATH: Advanced Housing for the 21st Century

PATH: Advanced Housing for the 21st Century

PATH's primary goal is to dramatically improve the energy efficiency, quality, durability and affordability of new and existing homes.

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) brings together federal agencies, state and local governments, and the building, finance and insurance industries to spur technological innovations for the next generation of American housing. Federal agencies, with policy leadership provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Energy, will serve as a catalyst, working with the private sector to identify promising technologies and swiftly bring them to market. Some examples: ultra efficient heating and cooling systems, a new generation of windows that provide as much insulation as most walls today, and roof shingles that generate solar power.

PATH partners will work together on:

Collaborative Research on Next-Generation Technologies. PATH partners will collaborate to develop and evaluate technologies that can achieve both performance and cost goals. A national Conference on the Future of the American House in early 1999 will help set the research agenda. Federal research related to residential housing will focus on PATH goals and the evolving research agenda.

Moving Technology from the Laboratory to the Marketplace. Because the housing industry is large and dispersed, it can take 10 to 25 years for a new technique or product to gain wide acceptance. PATH aims to cut that time in half by removing market barriers, developing national testing and evaluation standards and streamlining approval processes. A blue-ribbon panel made up of experts from among PATH members will investigate regulatory and other barriers. Federal, state and local organizations are committed to helping remove unnecessary barriers and encourage adoption of cost-effective new technologies.

Stimulating Wider Use of Existing Products. One way to move technology to markets more efficiently is to ensure that accurate information about innovative products and experience with their use is readily available. PATH will help get the work out to builders, suppliers and consumers through a new website available in early June ( Information for consumers about making their homes more energy efficient is available now at (

PATH Goals

Using voluntary approaches, the partnership aims to develop innovative housing components, designs and production methods and reduce by half the time needed to move quality technologies to market. Our goal is that within a decade, technologies widely accepted in the market will make it possible to produce housing that is affordable and at the same time to:

PATH Partners

More than three dozen companies and major trade associations are joining with federal agencies and state and local governments as charter members of this new partnership.

Federal partners will coordinate their efforts to serve as a one-stop shop for other PATH partners and to support a range of PATH activities. Federal participants are: the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, and Labor; the Environmental Protection Agency; NASA; the Federal Emergency Management Agency; the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health; and the National Science Foundation. HUD will have responsibility for the day-to-day management of PATH, while HUD and DOE will jointly provide federal policy leadership for the partnership.

Industry partners, including the National Association of Home Builders, the Manufactured Housing Institute, and the Institute for Business and Home Safety, will make good-faith efforts to make products meeting PATH goals widely available. In addition, they will:

State and local government partners will work with the private sector to carry out pilot projects and will promote wider adoption of promising technologies. They will:

PATH Pilot Projects

Several major developments around the country -- some being planned, others already under way -- will serve as the first PATH pilot projects. They include:

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