The USA Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing ( PATH ) has released their "Top Ten" building technologies for 2004. The Top Ten are practical, easy-to-use building technologies that are quickly being adopted by builders as they gain experience in the benefits of these innovations:
- Frost Protected Shallow Foundations
- Home Run Plumbing Systems
- Engineered Panelised Systems
- HVAC Optimisation
- Tankless Water Heaters
- Shared (Community) Waste Water treatment
- Air Admittance Vents
- Low Impact Development
- Integrated Steel/Wood Combination Framing
- Pre-cast Concrete Panels (Walls and Foundation)
The PATH partnership has been set up in the USA to address problems facing the housing industry. Despite the importance of the housing industry to the American economy, there is very little investment in residential technologies. This is especially true of the single-family homes that make up most of America's housing stock.
It can take 10 to 25 years for a new housing technology to achieve full market penetration. PATH looks at the issues and barriers related to technology development in the housing industry, and strives for viable cost-effective solutions.