Technology Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in
Existing Homes—Volume Two:
Strategies Defined (October 2003, 52p.)
This document, PATH Technology Roadmap: Energy Efficiency
in Existing Homes—Volume Two: Strategies Defined, 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 builders, remodelers, trade contractors,
material and product suppliers, financial representatives,
codes and standards officials, and public sector R&D sponsors.
This is a year-two progress report for one of the four roadmap
topics identified by PATH’s Industry Steering Committee.
Other technology roadmap topics are: Information Technology
to Accelerate and Streamline Home Building, Advanced Panelized
Construction, and Whole House and Building Process Redesign.
This document focuses specifically on improving energy efficiency
in existing housing. It describes the challenges, and outlines
activities and accomplishments that will lead to the achievement
of the vision. These include promoting new technologies, evaluating
products and processes for retrofit, building capabilities
among trade contractors, and identifying potential consumer
By addressing these issues through research, the home building
industry will continue to play a key role in providing affordable,
durable housing for America’s families.