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Solar water heating is among the Top 10 technologies builders can utilize to make better use of resources, and improve the durability and strength of the home, as chosen by the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development. The 2007 list was announced at the International Builders' Show earlier this month.
These technologies, "hold the most promise for improving the quality of our homes," said Darlene Williams, assistant secretary of HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research. "They are ready now and they can perform in the houses that we build tomorrow."
Technologies profiled by PATH are selected for their strengths in one or more of the following areas: quality and durability, affordability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, safety and disaster mitigation, according to the organization.
Previously, PATH has profiled a number of other HVAC-related technologies as noteworthy for their energy efficiency. These include ductless heat pumps, hot water recirculation systems (such as Taco’s D’Mand system), "smart" zone controls, tankless water heaters and others.
The 2007 Top 10 list also included:
Recycled Concrete Aggregate
Substitutes and Admixtures
Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
Horizontal Axis Washers/Dryer
Hydrophilic Impact-Resistant Windows
Super-sized (Vertical) Insulated Concrete Forms
GPS for Land Development
Permeable Pavers and Pavement
For more information on PATH and the Top 10 Technologies list, please visit www.pathnet.org.