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Baseline Measures for Improving Housing Durability



Robert E. Chapman, C A. Izzo


The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH), a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is a public/private partnership in which leaders of the home building, product manufacturing, insurance and financial industries join forces with representatives of federal agencies concerned with housing. PATH is concerned with the following three goals: (1) developing new housing technologies; (2) disseminating information about new and existing housing technologies; and (3) studying and establishing mechanisms for sustained housing technology development. The objectives of PATH are to improve the quality, affordability, durability, and energy efficiency of today's new and existing homes; to strengthen the technology infrastructure of the United States; and to help create the next generation of American housing. To accomplish these objectives, PATH has established a vision for improving housing affordability, energy efficiency and environmental protection, durability, and disaster resistance and safety. It is essential to have baseline data for the PATH vision to determine the success of actions taken to improve the competitiveness of the residential sector of the U.S. construction industry. This report provides a detailed set of baseline measures for improving housing durability. Specifically, it examines the key sources of construction industry data and extracts from them a single, consistent set of baseline measures that can be used to monitor progress towards improving housing durability.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6870
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Building economics, construction, costs, durability, economic analysis, housing, maintenance and repair, residential improvements, service life


Chapman, R. and Izzo, C. (2002), Baseline Measures for Improving Housing Durability, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 12, 2024)


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Created September 1, 2002, Updated February 19, 2017