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Innovative Products & Processes - Technology Inventory [Back to Top]

Consider using the products below to take advantage of their potential to provide one or more of the following in the homes you build: Affordability, Energy Efficiency, Quality & Durability, Environmental Performance, and Safety.

Attic Access Insulation and Air Seal Systems
Cellular PVC Lumber
Drywall Clips and Stops
Drywall Finishing Accessories
Engineered Wood Wall Framing
Flexible Framing
Guide Marked Gypsum
Intumescents - Fire Inhibiting Finishes
Low- or No-VOC Paints, Finishes and Adhesives
Mold Resistant Gypsum Panel Products
Plastic Composite Nails
Radiant Barriers
Radiant Ceiling Panels
Ray-Core Panels
Shear Wall Panels
Tubular Skylights
Vacuum Insulation Panel (VIP)
Wood Interior Wall Paneling System

Design & Construction Guides [Back to Top]

Guides for designing and building various types of construction

Finishing of Wood
Pre-manufactured Shear Wall Panels - ToolBase TechSpecs
Prescriptive Method for Connecting Cold-Formed Steel Framing to Insulating Concrete Form Walls in Residential Construction
The Rehab Guide, Volume 5: Partitions, Ceilings, Floors and Stairs
Best Practices [Back to Top]

General recommendations and accepted practices

Shrinkage in Fiberboard Interior Trim Caused by Pre-installation Moisture

Performance Reports & Case Studies [Back to Top]

Evaluation of how products and systems perform in real life applications

Advanced Framing: An Examination of its Practical Use in Residential Construction The case study highlights the advantages of and barriers to widespread adoption of OVE practices.
Measurements of Apparent Sound Insulation of Exterior and Interior Walls Stewart Acoustical Consultants of Raleigh NC conducted tests according to ASTM standards E413 and E1322 to develop apparent Field Sound Transmission Class (FSTC) and Field Outdoor-Indoor Class (FOITC) ratings for the exterior walls of the buildings at the Hughes evaluation site.
Sound Transmission Class (STC) or Impact Insulation Class (IIC) rating This document is a catalog of sound-rated wall and floor/ceiling assemblies.
Worker Exposures to Airborne Lead during Residential Remodeling Activities - Results of Five Site Visits 5 case studies that monitored worker exposure to airborne lead during residential remodeling activities.

Field Evaluations [Back to Top]

Evaluation of how products and systems perform in real life applications

Franklin Homes - The Vistas at Kensington Park
K. Hovnanian Inc.
Model reMODEL

Questions & Answers [Back to Top]

Frequently asked questions, answered by home building professionals

A client lives in an apartment building built in the late 40s and the noise between units is severe. Where can I get information on the possibilities of foam insulation blown into my ceiling and the associated costs?
How are stairs to an unfinished basement calculated in the square footage of a house?
I am building a four-story garden style apartment building and the adjoining units have back-to-back bedrooms. I want to build a soundproof party wall but the price of construction needs to be reasonable. What would you suggest?
I need to create a two-hour fire-rated partition wall assembly. Where can I find a list of options?
We are working on a dining room and living room that are next to each other and have eight-foot ceilings, and I would like to create cathedral ceilings for both rooms. Installing sheetrock directly to the roof rafters looks like the easiest plan. The ceiling will be flat below the scissor beams which frame out the peak of the roof. If I install all the electric, insulation, sheetrock, etc. could I just cut out the existing ceiling and studs without doing any structural damage, do I have to shore up the roof before the ceiling is removed?
What are the Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings for concrete and masonry walls?
What is the maximum hole that can be drilled in 2x4 studs in load bearing walls for wiring or plumbing?

Web Links [Back to Top]

Recommended Web resources for additional information