The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH), a group managed by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development, has compiled a list of their top 10 technologies for a green home remodel. Some of these technologies are easy weekend projects, others are more suited to a major home renovation.
PATH is a voluntary partnership between leaders of the home-building, product-manufacturing, insurance, and finance industries and the federal government. PATH works to accelerate the development and use of technologies that radically improve the quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, and affordability of America’s housing.
Because it can take up to 25 years for new technologies to be fully integrated into daily construction practices, PATH works to proactively get the word out. Though a few of these would be challenging for the casual do-it-yourselfer, all are great ideas to help reduce energy use, improve air quality within the home, and help convert your project from typical to green.
Each of the PATH Remodeling Top 10 technologies chosen is rated on affordability, energy efficiency, ease of installation,
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) in 2007 unveiled its first Top 10 Technologies list exclusively for remodeling.
"Remodelers comprise a unique part of the housing industry and face the distinctive challenges that come with existing housing," said Assistant Secretary Darlene F. Williams of HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research. "PATH has scanned the industry for underutilized technologies that can dramatically improve the resource efficiency and energy efficiency of our existing housing. This Top 10 list offers remodelers a low-risk way to make today's housing perform better tomorrow."
The top technologies are:
--Air sealing with spray foam insulation
--Smart ventilation/ventilation control systems
--High efficiency toilets
--Compact fluorescent lighting
--High performance windows/storm windows
--Wireless lighting, thermostats and other controls
--Solar hot water
--Recycled/renewable flooring options
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