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Technology Roadmapping For Manufactured Housing



Release Date: 
July 2003 (43 pages)
Posted Date:   
July 1, 2003



This document, Technology Roadmapping for Manufactured Housing, is one in a series of technology roadmaps created to serve as guides to help the housing industry make decisions about research and development investments.

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH), administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is focused on improving the affordability and value of new and existing homes. Through public and private efforts, PATH is working to improve affordability, energy efficiency, environmental impact, quality, durability and maintenance, hazard mitigation, and labor safety. To accomplish this, PATH has identified research and established priorities for technology development that will enable the home building industry to work toward the PATH mission. This priority setting process, known as "Roadmapping," has brought together many industry stakeholders, including home manufacturers, retailers, builders, remodelers, community owners and managers, trade contractors, material and product suppliers, financial industry representatives, codes and standards officials, power suppliers and public agencies. To date, the group's work has led to the development of four technology roadmaps: Technology Roadmapping for Manufactured Housing, Information Technology to Accelerate and Streamline Home Building, Advanced Panelized Construction, and Whole House and Building Process Redesign.

This document focuses specifically on manufactured housing. The Roadmap offers a vision of how the factory built housing industry, already the nation's primary supplier of affordable homes, will continue to create and apply new technologies that increase home value and performance. The document summarizes the situation today, describes major industry challenges and opportunities, and suggests activities and milestones that will lead to the fulfillment of the vision.

Backed by a robust program of research responsive to the nation's future housing needs, the manufactured home building industry will continue to play a key role in providing affordable, durable housing for America's families.

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