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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.

Advanced Framing Techniques: Optimum Value Engineering (OVE)
Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations (FPSF)
HVAC Sizing Practice
Interior Storm Windows
Modular Multiple Dwellings
Plumbing Manifolds
Shared Wastewater Treatment Systems
Two-Story Manufactured (HUD-Code) Homes

Design & Construction Guides [Back to Top]

Guides for designing and building various types of construction

A Builder's Guide to Marketable Affordable Durable Entry-Level Homes to Last-
Affordable Housing Development Guidelines for State and Local Government
Affordable Residential Construction: A Guide for Home Builders - Volume II
Community Guide to Basic and Cost-Saving Construction in the American Southwest
The Quality of Concrete Costs a Little More - A Concrete Homes Technology Brief
Best Practices [Back to Top]

General recommendations and accepted practices

Building Innovation for Homeownership
Cost-Saving Construction Opportunities and the HOME Program

Performance Reports & Case Studies [Back to Top]

Evaluation of how products and systems perform in real life applications

Innovative Rehabilitation Technologies: A State of the Art Overview This study identifies promising cost-saving technologies for housing rehabilitation
TechPractices: Ryan Homes, The Cornell, Rochester, NY The Cornell is an efficient but small two-story colonial built as a more energy-saving version of an existing Ryan model noted for its efficiency. The Cornell is less expensive to build than the older model and more energy efficient.
The Affordable Housing Demonstration: A Case Study This Affordable Housing Demonstration project in Lacey, Washington, investigated saving housing costs by changing processing procedures, land development standards and construction codes, and using building practices not typically used in the area.
The Diffusion of Innovation in the Residential Building Industry The ability to know how, why, and where builders adopt new technologies is critical for future technological research and research dissemination.

Questions & Answers [Back to Top]

Frequently asked questions, answered by home building professionals

Are tankless water heaters fueled by natural gas more energy efficient than their electric counterparts?
Do you have information on the cost difference between a conventionally-framed house and one framed using building components like wall panels, floor, and roof trusses?
How can I estimate the cost of steel framing for my house?
How does the cost of fiber-cement siding compare to other siding products?
How does the cost of steel framing compare to wood framing?
How is white cement different and why is it used in decorative concrete?
I am a production builder and I typically build slab on grade with 2x4 framing. Considering the rising costs of building lots, what are some construction techniques that will help me to reduce the cost of construction on each 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?
What is advanced framing or OVE?
What products can I specify to help lower my plumber's bid prices?
Where can I find information on the ENERGY STAR® program and ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and equipment?
Where can I get information on the affordable features of the LifeWise Home?
Where can I get information on the life expectancy of building materials and products?
Where would I go for more information on ductless, mini-split heating and air conditioning systems?

Web Links [Back to Top]

Recommended Web resources for additional information