PATH, HUD Partner to Showcase Concept Homes

PATH and HUD form partnership with several private sector businesses to build two concept homes that feature flexible design and time-saving production processes.
By Rhonda Jackson, Staff writer | June 30, 2006

The Partnership for Advanced Housing Technology has partnered with HUD and several private sector businesses to build two concept homes that transform and grow with the changing lifestyles and needs of its inhabitants.

The Concept Homes will focus on flexible design and improved time-saving production processes. The homes will feature movable walls, which enable homeowners to create an extra room or enlarge a small room by adding or removing a wall, and organized, accessible utilities. Highlighted production processes will focus on building quality homes in shorter time frames by manufacturing prefabricated panels and fully panelized envelope systems through integrated software design. The production processes will also integrate green building products and processes, universal design and affordability.

This is the third phase of the Concept Home program. The first two phases provided the market research, outreach and development of the building plans.

The first home will be a single family home and the second an urban townhouse project. Lincoln, Neb.-based Brighton Construction will build the first concept home. Fernando Pages, the principal of Brighton Construction, has been applying innovative building practices to build affordable housing. This first home will be an infill project in Omaha, Neb.

PATH officials hope the concept homes will provide floor plan designs that can be customized based upon the site and climate and refined for particular areas of the country.

The homes are scheduled to break ground late this summer.