NAHB Research Center's ToolBase.org is the housing industry's best resource for
technical information on building products, materials, new technologies,
business management, and housing systems.
The NAHB Research Center is
a full-service product commercialization company that strives to make housing
more durable and affordable by helping to push new building technologies into
the residential market through our integrated consulting services. With nearly
50 years of accumulated residential construction and market expertise, the
Research Center provides clients with an unrivaled depth of understanding of
the housing industry and access to its business leaders.
ToolBase Resources combines product descriptions, design & construction
guides, best practices, performance reports, case studies, and other resources
in a way that builders and remodelers will find useful.
The Technology Inventory
Because of the huge number of housing technologies and the diversity of
builders, even the best technologies do not always make a big splash when they
enter the market. The Technology Inventory was created to accelerate the
awareness and acceptance process.
The Technology Inventory lists over 170 technologies that demonstrate great
potential for improving housing performance, but that have not been widely used
or accepted. It provides builders a reliable source of information on products
or processes. It lists details on each technology and contact information for
Field Evaluations are used to introduce PATH technologies into the home
building industry. The NAHB Research Center works with builders and remodelers
to incorporate technologies in their designs for monitoring and evaluation of
cost and performance. Data gathered in the field fills in the information voids
on technologies, and provides valuable feedback to product manufacturers and
Tech Sets are resources to help you implement innovations in manageable,
systems-based packages. Developed by the NAHB
Research Center, these Tech Sets take the guesswork out of choosing
cost-effective technologies. They show you how the recommended technologies can
be used together to receive benefits that are greater than the sum of the
parts: the key to a systems based approach.