R&D Partners are innovative manufacturers who have demonstrated a commitment to R&D and are interested in applying new or emerging systems in demonstration and research homes. R&D Partners are manufacturers of products and building systems that range from prototype technologies under development to emerging systems that are just starting to penetrate the market.
The following PATH Concept Home Partners are featured in the Omaha, Nebraska Concept Home Demonstration. There are three levels of Partners - Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Product Partners. Please read about each of the partners' contribution to the Concept Home.
||Masco Corporation is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of brand-name consumer products for the home improvement and new construction markets. Masco Corporation is a true Innovator, supporting the PATH Concept Home at the highest level with products that contribute to the home’s efficiency and flexibility.
||BEHR interior paint will be used throughout the Concept Home - Omaha. BEHR's new paint designed for spray application will speed up construction time. Once dried, the paint develops a protective film that resists peeling, fading and mildew growth. This enables the owner to scrub the walls clean without damaging the paint or drywall.
||BrassCraft® provides water supply products to builders and remodelers. They originated the concept of flexible plumbing supplies over 50 years ago. BrassCraft is providing a variety of innovative plumbing components for the Concept Home, including a line of recently introduced quick connect fittings which allow a snap connection for water supply connections. This innovative system provides a reliable connection while also the speeding up the installation process.
|Delta® Faucet Company
Faucet Company is providing products for the Path concept home
from its Delta® and Brizo® brands that offer ease of
maintenance, water-saving technology and unique functional
benefits. Brizo's electronic Pascal™ Culinary Faucet with
Smart Technology™ brings a whole new level convenience to
the kitchen through the choice of hands-free, touch control or
standard operation making it a powerful tool for users of any
age or physical condition. Delta's Michael Graves Collection™
features lavatory faucets with low flow aerators to conserve
water and Quick-Snap® technology for simple installation and
maintenance. The Delta water-efficient showerhead featuring
H2Okinetic Technology® saves almost a gallon of water per
minute. Their MultiChoice™ Universal tub and shower system
enables homeowners to easily upgrade the style of their shower
from hundreds of trim options or change functionality from
pressure balance to thermostatic - without ever having to go
back into the wall.
||Hansgrohe supplied the Pontos
AquaCycle 900 greywater system for the Concept
Home. This system purifies shower and drining water to
produce clean water to be used for operating washing machines,
flushing toilets, and watering gardens. Their patented
AquaCycle® cleans water using biological-mechanical
treatment: resulting in germfree water without the use of
chemicals. The Pontos system will reduce the Concept
Home's water use.
Masco Contractor Services
||Masco Contractor Services (MCS) provides integrated full service solutions to builders with product purchase, delivery and installation. MCS’s Environments For Living® Program helps builders design homes that are more healthy, durable, comfortable and energy-efficient. The PATH Concept Home will employ the
Environments For Living® Program building science principles which provide standards for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, ductwork and the building envelope. During final inspection, the Concept Home will undergo a series of performance tests including air tightness, duct tightness and pressure balancing - to verify the efficiency and comfort that the Concept Home will provide.
||Merillat, the leader in kitchen
cabinets, offers attractive and convenient storage solutions
for every imaginable room or need, even outside the kitchen.
Cabinets come in a wide range of styles with options and
upgrades such as roll-out trays and drawer boxes to allow
customers excellent flexibility. Innovative features like
self-closing hinges and durable protective finishes also make
them an outstanding value. The PATH Concept Home will feature
Merillat cabinets in both the kitchen and the second floor “flex
||Milgard provides a wide range of energy efficient windows and doors. SunCoat™ comes standard on all Milgard’s windows
providing increased insulation to reduce heating and cooling loses. They also offer windows filled with argon gas to
increase energy efficiency and protect carpet and furniture from fading. The Concept Home’s energy efficiency will be improved
by the tight envelope and insulation provided by Milgard windows.
|DuPont ™ Building Innovations™
|At DuPont™ Building Innovations™, building science plays a large role in making homes and buildings that are safer, sounder, look newer longer and provide greater environmental sustainability. Look for DuPont™ Tyvek® AtticWrap™, StormRoom™ with KEVLAR®, Tyvek® DrainWrap™, and Corian® in the PATH Concept Home.
||With more than 120 colors, homeowners can rely on DuPont™ Corian® to help create kitchens and baths unique to their styles and desires. Corian® surfaces are stain-resistant and scratch-resistant, non-porous and do not promote the growth of mold or bacteria. As part of the PATH Concept Home, Corian® adds value and visual beauty to a home but is tough enough to stand up to after years of everyday use.
|DuPont™ Tyvek® AtticWrap™
|DuPont™ Tyvek® AtticWrap™ is a revolutionary breathable membrane that helps to create an airtight seal to reduce air leakage and energy loss through the roof. A unique, metalized surface reflects heat while allowing moisture vapor to pass through, helping keep attics warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and drier all year round. As a part of the PATH Concept Home, Tyvek® AtticWrap™ provides a weather resistant attic system that helps keep inside the home more comfortable while also helping to save energy, reducing heating and cooling costs.
DuPont™ Tyvek® DrainWrap™
|DuPont™ Tyvek® DrainWrap™ is an innovative weather resistant barrier specially designed with vertical grooves to help channel water safely to the outside while still allowing moisture vapor to pass through. This protects a home from excess moisture build-up in walls that can lead to damaging mold and mildew growth. Tyvek® DrainWrap™ can help any home retain a comfortable climate while protecting insulation from drafts and reducing energy costs, now that's a concept.
||Follansbee is the only manufacturer of a pre-painted or natural Terne roof and is a leading supplier of metal roofs for new and retrofit commercial, institutional, residential and historic preservation projects because of its longevity and classic, traditional look. Follansbee employed seven years of laboratory and field testing to develop an alloy that would provide unsurpassed corrosion resistance. Follansbee metal roofing products, Terne II®, TCS Satin®, TCS II®, an architectural stainless steel, and KlassicKolors®, terne prepainted with solar reflective colors, are all coated with Follansbee's patented ZT® (zinc/tin) alloy for enhanced corrosion resistance even in costal environments. All are available in nine preformed architectural profiles and custom applications. The PATH Concept Home features a highly attractive Follansbee standing seam roof that provides excellent long-term durability and energy performance.
||iLevel is Weyerhaeuser's integrated residential framing business offering support for all structural farming materials. iLevel's fabrication software and equipment produce panelized framing, trusses and flooring systems. Pre-assembled walls, trusses and floors provide a tight and efficient building system while reducing job-site waste and construction time. The Concept Home is constructed faster and more efficiently using a panelized wall and floor system.
||The Metal Roofing Alliance
(MRA) is a not-for-profit coalition of metal roofing manufacturers, paint companies, coil coaters, associations and contractors formed to introduce homeowners to the many value benefits of metal roofing. In addition to educating consumers, the MRA also focuses on educating contractors on the many benefits of metal roofing for residential applications. One of MRA's key objectives is increasing the number of metal roofing installers in the United States and Canada, while also showcasing metal roofing innovations that make these systems even more attractive, durable, and easier to install.
Millard Lumber Inc. is one of
the largest independently owned facilities in the Midwest
offering a complete line of quality products and services
for building projects. Millard Lumber Inc.
provides Turnkey Building Solutions. Turnkey Building
Solutions includes all of the materials and labor required to
frame and close-in a residential or commercial building
project. Millard Lumber manufactures floor and wall
framing panels and roof trusses in a factory setting, and
delivers and installs them at the construction site. The
company uses skilled framing installation teams that are fully
insured and comply with all OSHA requirements. Such
services help builders and reduces hassles involved with
finding dependable laborers, scheduling and ordering
materials, managing the jobsite, and resolving warranty
Konosuke Matsushita began Panasonic in 1918 by inventing a two-socket light fixture. Profound in its import yet elegantly simple, Konosuke Matsushita's breakthrough led to what is now one of the world's largest electronics companies.
The PATH Concept Home features Panasonic's WhisperGreen™ exhaust ventilation fans. The WhisperGreen™ features built-in intelligence called SmartFlow™ Optimum CFM Technology. This unique "electronic-brain" lets the fan perform at a constant CFM regardless of elbows and other factors that might hinder performance. When a WhisperGreen™ fan faces static pressure, its speed is automatically increased to ensure that the desired CFM is actually achieved. This allows the fan to perform as rated and makes for easier installation because the installer no longer has to worry as much about compromising the fan's performance. This Panasonic fan has a built-in damper to prevent backdraft, which helps to prevent outside air from coming through the fan. Also, efficient, cool running motors and fluorescent bulbs mean there is not excessive heat, which is a common problem with fan/light combinations. Finally, the WhisperGreen™ features a totally enclosed condenser motor and a large, double suction blower wheel to quietly move air.
||The PATH Concept Home features the SEISCO water heater (RA-32), a PATH-evaluated product for residential potable water heating. This innovative system provides demand-based hot water for the home, while simultaneously saving both energy and floor space. SEISCO has demonstrated significant savings from their innovative tankless systems over conventional water heaters in great part because, as a result of its small size, it can be located closer to major points of use so that the hot water distribution is much more effective. The single SEISCO residential unit has been sufficient for all the homes evaluated with less than 2% of the total hot water usage time that exceeded its capacity when the inlet water temperature was as low as 40 degrees. (NAHB "Performance Comparison of Residential Hot Water Systems" done for the NREL in 2003.)
||Founded in 1972, in Windsor, California, Windsor Mill is the producer of WindsorONE boards and moldings. Windsor Mill is the leading manufacturer of high quality interior and exterior specialty lumber products, manufactured with lumber harvested from even-aged timber stands to provide the most consistent, high-quality and environmentally friendly materials. Quality control checks relating to cutting, grading and kiln drying are conducted by Windsor. Using only a custom, outer course cut ensures that only the dimensionally stable part of the tree is utilized, minimizing splitting, twisting, cupping and general failure. Windsor only uses sustainable yield forests, which adds to the sustainability of the Concept Home.
PRODUCT PARTNER LEVEL
||Whether you need to schedule a day's worth of activities or plan multi-year projects, FastTrack Schedule 9 makes it easy to organize, track, and manage all your project details. Their schedule-building tools help you plan more efficiently, keeping your projects on track and within budget. FastTrack Schedule 9 exchanges data with spreadsheets, databases, and other project management programs. FastTrack improved construction efficiency by enabling Concept Home's suppliers to stay current on the construction sequence and deliver their products at the exact time.
||The Charter Oak Energy Elite siding with the Fullback Thermal Support System, from Progressive Foam Technologies, adds insulation and protection against impact and extreme weather. It makes the panels more rigid and creates a quieter, more comfortable home. This siding system can reduce energy bills by as much as 20 percent and provides up to five times the impact resistance of conventional vinyl siding. When installed, Charter Oak Energy Elite can help meet the Energy Star® performance guidelines for new homes. The Autumn Red color chosen for this home features BASF's Luran S ASA polymers, providing fade resistance.
||The Concept Home’s back deck uses AmeraDeck’s composite vinyl decking made from recycled PVC and wood. Their unique formula utilizes fibers that are self-extinguishing and contain UV inhibitors that reduce fading. Besides being made from recycled material AmeraDeck’s composite decking is reclaimable at the end of its use. Now, when the homeowner remolds the back deck it can be recycled into other products.
Earth Plaster is an environmentally friendly plaster.
Their plaster can be trowled on like traditional plasters or
sprayed on with a drywall hopper. Earth Plasters are
non-dusting, breathable, moisture controlling and mold
resistant. American Clay uses natural clays, recycled
and reclaimed aggregates and natural pigments fitting into the
Concept Home's commitment to using sustainable and alternative
PolySteel Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) contribute to all of the PATH Concept Home themes - providing efficient, high quality production, sustainable and energy efficient features, and flexible housing solutions. PolySteel is manufactured in a high-quality, controlled environment which ensures a reliable end-product that speeds the process of installation and avoids the variables commonly attributed to wood-framing materials. The forms can be panelized in complete wall sections - a feature the Concept Home basement foundation will utilize - to minimize job site management, avoid the vagaries of weather conditions, and ensure high-quality finished walls.
As an EPS (expandable polystyrene) product, PolySteel Forms are the best use of a petroleum product available - returning over 150 times the BTU's of energy required to produce it when it is used as insulation. BASF's Styropor® EPS has been recognized as a "technical nutrient" within the Cradle to Cradle protocol developed by MBDC. The EPS, steel, and concrete, are completely recyclable and can be used at the same performance level in multiple lives subsequent to their initial use.
Residential Engineering Services
||Applied Residential Engineering Services offer technical services for residential construction. They have a comprehensive knowledge of building construction, engineering, and research to assist in engineering related issues. ARES conducts structural inspections for both home buyers and home builders and works with builders in addressing design issues in affordable housing. The Concept Home's sustainability and structural integrity have been thoroughly examined by ARES.
||BASF produces a wide range of products for house construction. They strive to provide innovative products year after year. BASF's sealants will help protect the Concept Home's for the weather. The tight and dry envelop provided by BASF sealants promote a healthy living environment.
||BioBased Insulation offers two exciting polyurethane spray foam insulation products; BioBased 501 and BioBased 1701. BioBased 501 is a .5lb, semi-open cell spray foam and BioBased 1701 is a 1.7 lb, closed-cell spray foam product. American-made BioBased 501 and 1701 are water blown and formulated using annually renewable soybeans grown right here in the USA. The mission and goals of BioBased Insulation and the PATH Concept Home in Omaha go hand in hand. BioBased Insulation aims to provide products that help create more energy efficient, healthy, comfortable, durable and environmentally friendly homes. BioBased Insulation is proud to be involved in helping to create the Concept Home and is eager to help provide a comfortable, efficient, and sustainable home.
||Building Affordable is a unique resource for applying technology and design innovation to help create affordable, efficient, and quality homes. These objectives mirror many goals of the Concept Home, and ideas from Building Affordable (a partner of Brighton Construction) helped shape the first PATH Concept Home.
||Cooper Lighting offers a wide range of energy saving light fixtures. The
lighting fixtures featured in the Concept Home Omaha were provided by their Metalux, Shaper and Halo product lines.
Fixtures using Compact Fluorescent Lamp sources (CFLs) were selected to save energy and provide a comfortable indoor environment. Cooper’s lighting packaged helped the Concept Home achieve LEED certification and reduce its overall impact on the environment.
|Cosella-Dörken Products, Inc.
over 40 years, Cosella-Dörken has been producing products
under the DELTA® brand name. DELTA®-MS UNDERSLAB is a tough
waterproofing, underslab vapor retarder membrane designed for
slabs on or below grade in residential and commercial
environments. DELTA®-MS CLEAR is a complete protection
system for ICF foundation walls that keeps ground moisture
away from the foundation, to reduce interior dampness and
musty odors. Cosella-Dörken’s foundation
waterproofing membrane system is ideally suited to the PATH
Concept Home by utilizing alternative materials that enhance
performance and create a healthy and comfortable basement
||DAP offers a full line of low VOC content caulks, sealants and adhesives complying with LEED guidelines and Model Green Home Building Guidelines. By using DAP's caulks and sealants around windows, doors, bathtubs, countertops and baseboards will improve energy efficiency conserving energy resources. DAP's innovative sealants and adhesives allow the Concept Home to achieve energy savings by creating a tight building envelope.
||Forbo is outfitting the Concept Home with Marmoleum, a natural floor covering product made from linseed oil, woodflour, pine rosin, jute and limestone. These materials are produced from renewable resources and ecologically responsible pigments. Marmoleum click is attached to the bottom of the flooring decreases installation time by eliminating the need to smooth the subfloor. Marmoleum is naturally hygienic, since it is both an anti-static and bacteriostatic, helping to create an overall healthy living environment.
||General Electric has been producing electronic appliances since the 1890s, and was named 2004, 2005 and 2006 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for creating high-performance household appliances and lighting products that help reduce energy spending and help protect the environment. The Concept Home will showcase GE's energy efficient and water conserving appliances including a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer.
Building Products Division
DensArmor Plus™ Paperless Interior Drywall from G-P Gypsum is a new generation paperless drywall designed as an alternative for paper-faced drywall for building interiors. DensArmor Plus drywall incorporates glass mats on the surfaces of the drywall panel instead of paper facings found on traditional drywall. The combination of paperless surfaces and a moisture resistant core provides superior moisture- and mold-resistance when compared to traditional paper-faced drywall. G-P Gypsum offers a three-month in-place exposure warranty which means DensArmor Plus can be hung before installing doors and windows. It installs using the same steps as traditional drywall, and will enhance the durability and comfort of the Concept Home.
Georgia-Pacific's Industrial Wood Products group is also developing panels for a movable partition system within the Concept Home. GP offers panels with a hardboard face and various cores (e.g. EPS, honeycomb, corrugated), along with different facers of different grains and colors. Panel sizes can extend up to 16' long, creating a wealth of possibilities for this innovation.
||Honeywell has provided innovative housing solutions since 1885. The Honeywell ventilation system installed in the PATH Concept Home ensures that the homeowners have the right amount of fresh air brought into the home automatically. This energy efficient product meets Omaha's fresh air code guidelines. For added security, the carbon monoxide detector will give an audible alarm in the event CO levels get to a high level.
||FLOR is a modular tile carpet that can be installed directly over almost any smooth flooring including: hardwoods, vinyl tile, laminates, concrete, and plywood. The tiles come in 19.7" squares that are secured by adhesives. FLOR's unique carpet tiles can be used as wall-to-wall carpet or positioned as rugs. Since FLOR can be secured, removed and re-secured the Concept Home's overall flexibly is enhanced. The homeowner can even add on to the rug or change a few tiles in order to meet a room's changing décor and purpose, instead of replacing the entire rug or carpet.
||Lightning Switch™ is an industry leader in providing wireless controls for lights and appliances. The Lightning Switch wireless transmitters generate their own electricity whenever the button is pushed. Radio signals travel over 100 feet through walls, floors and ceilings turning on and off lights. The wireless switch is easily programmed to turn on just one or all lights in a house. The Lightning Receivers can wire-in to junction boxes or plug-in to outlets, while the Transmitter can be installed on any surface. Lightning Switches not only facilitate much faster construction, but will also allow the PATH Concept Home owners to easily modify their floor plans since there are no wires running through the walls or ceilings.
New York Wall Company
||The New York Wall Company specializes in temporary separation walls to serve as room dividers. The New York Wall™ is a temporary wall system that is a light weight and portable partition comprised of interlocking panels that can be surfaced with a variety of finishes. It is installed using a specially designed pressure lock system that creates a firm seat against the ceiling without the use of nails. The New York Wall™ is easy to install and to remove. The PATH Concept Home will utilize a unique partition system under development by the New York Wall Company and Georgia-Pacific, allowing owners to easily adjust their floor plan as their needs change over time.
Public Power District
||The Omaha Public Power District is one of the largest publicly owned electric utilities in the United States, serving more than 310,000 customers in 13 southeast Nebraska counties. Besides providing energy to Omaha they also focus on educating consumers on energy conservation and related issues. OPPD assisted in energy ratings and monitoring to achieve LEED certification.
Gaylor Interior Designer
||Patricia Gaylor brings over two decades of interior design experience to the Concept Home. She focuses on creating a healthy and aesthetically appealing home built with economical materials. The Concept Home’s flexibility is enhanced by her design while the overall sustainability is maintained by her commitment to pursuing green design solutions.
||Progressive Foam Technologies developed contoured expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam backers for vinyl siding. Their FullBack Thermal Support System provides added insulation to the home while providing rigidity to the siding. Their insulation system assists in providing a comfortable and energy efficient living space and protects the siding from denting and bending due to weather and kids.
||Radon Protection Technologies provides builders and home-owners with information and technical assistance on radon systems. Radon is a known carcinogen that can enter a home through the foundation. The Concept Home's occupants health and safety are increased by the radon system provided by Radon Protection Technologies.
Custom Builder Supply
||Rotella's Custom Builders Supply is a builder supply company serving the Omaha metro, Lincoln and southwest Iowa area's. Rotella's Custom Builder Supply offers both commercial and residential products that include ICF (insulated concrete forms), windows, doors, trim, truss, floors, garage doors, entry doors, composite decking, siding and many other exterior and interior products. Rotella's Custom Builder Supply has a contactor supply showroom and provides educational and training opportunities to the building and architectural community. Rotella's supply management capabilities helped the Concept Home's construction process move seamlessly throughout all phases of construction.
||Shaw Carpet’s Green Edge product line is attractive, environmentally friendly and facilitates remolding. Anso® nylon carpets are recycled at Shaw’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling facility- the only operating plant of its kind in the world. This facility turns Type 6 nylon (N6), such as Anso nylon, back into carpet over and over again in a true cradle-to-cradle model. Anso nylon carpets are used in the stairway, hallway and bedrooms of the PATH Concept Home.
Heating & Air Conditioning
||Standard Heating & AC assisted in providing the efficient heat pump for the Concept Home. A heat pump does the job of an air conditioner and a furnace, reducing the need to install and purchase two units.
||Soil-Tek is a local Omaha company specializing in erosion control and soil conservation. Terraseeding is a patented process of grass seed being applied by blowing in a one or two inch compost blanket, which is injected with seed at the time of application. Terraseeding reduces the need for irrigation when planting new grass and the compost helps the new grass develop a firm footing.
||Studor, founded by Sture Ericson, has pioneered Air Admittance Valves (AAV) in the United States. Studor AAVs allow air to enter the plumbing drainage waste and vent systems and equalize pressure when water drains out of the system. This maintains the integrity of the water trap. The MINI-VENT® provides plumbing ventilation without the need for costly roof penetration and vent piping. The easier installation process means the PATH Concept Home can be built faster without compromising quality.
||TOTO is the world's largest plumbing products manufacturer, offering a complete line of commercial and decorative plumbing fixtures and fittings, faucets, accessories, shower and flush valves, as well as lavatories, toilets and Air Baths. TOTO's Aquia™ toilet with the Dual-Max™ flushing system optimizes water conservation without sacrificing performance. The Dual-Max flushing system received a TOP 10 award from Building Green magazine for its superior water efficiency and stylish design. TOTO's commitment to water preservation and the Aquia's design for accessibility compliment the Concept Home's principles.
A Viega Company
||Vanguard's MANABLOC® is the number one selling PEX manifold in the United States. Like a breaker-box for plumbing, the MANABLOC allows each line to be shut off individually so repair or replacement can occur without disrupting water service to the rest of the home. The MANABLOC system speeds installation and since the line is dedicated to a single hot or cold fixture, less water is required to purge the line. This saves time, energy and can reduce water waste up to 40 percent -- saving thousands of gallons of water per year. Fast to install, intuitive for the homeowner, and conserves water - perfect fit for the Concept Home.
||Wellcraft™ window well egress systems are light-weight, east to install and extremely durable and provide safety with built-in steps. Wellcraft's egress systems also allows sunlight in, reducing the need to use artificial lights during the day and increasing the overall flexibility of the Concept Home's basement for use as a bedroom, playroom, office, workshop or whatever you might need.
||WireTracks produces a line of wiring channel products that enable consumers to add new low-voltage wiring (home theater, cable television, computer networking, etc.) to their homes or businesses invisibly. WireTracks™ consists of an interlocking wiring channel and cover that replaces part of a building's wallboard and sits between the studs and the baseboard molding. The channel attaches directly to the studs and includes cable clips to hold the wiring in place. It can be removed and reattached any time new wiring is needed. The WireTracks system facilitates reconfiguring the Concept Home's floor plan and aids in upgrading, installing and repairing electronic products.
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