While some government programs are flawed, others are sterling. I’m thinking of the excellent Energy Star program of the U.S. Dept. of Energy. And I’m also thinking of PATH, which stands for Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing.
PATH is a partnership of public and private entities — homebuilders, product manufacturers, insurance companies, financial companies and representatives of federal agencies concerned with housing — for the purpose of improving new and existing homes.
One of PATH’s latest projects is the "Concept Home" you see pictured here. This house was built in Omaha, Neb., by contractor Fernando Pages Ruiz of Brighton Construction, whose book "Affordable Remodel" I reviewed here recently.
The purpose of this house is to demonstrate the best practices for efficiency, flexibility and sustainability. The standing seam metal roof, for instance, is manufactured and installed in a way that gives it a 75-to-150-year projected lifespan, not the 15-year lifespan of many new roofs today. And what could be more sustainable than not replacing the roof every decade and a half?
What’s helpful for owners of existing homes is to learn about the products (PolySteel, Windsor One, Georgia Pacific, Millard Lumber, American Clay, etc.) and practices (flashing windows, blowing in insulation, wrapping the house properly) that should help give any house a longer projected life.
(Photo: Fine Homebuilding)