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Futuristic HUD Concept Home Stresses Flexibility
(August 24, 2004) -- A house that separates the electrical, plumbing, communication, heating, and air-conditioning systems from the structure to enable owners to change room configurations could move from concept to reality shortly, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development believes.
HUD designed the house through its Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) initiative, with the goal of giving homeowners the flexibility to move walls and install new technologies as needed.
The use of standard-size, factory-built parts will enable builders to erect these futuristic homes in as little as 20 days. Meanwhile, replacing traditional electrical wires with wireless systems or electro-textile fabric wall coverings will enhance flexibility.
The PATH design will allow homeowners to save money on additions and upgrades and rearrange the residence to help them age in place. Moreover, owners should reap substantial resale profits, considering that buyers will be able to adapt the home to fit their needs. Though a builder is still needed to make the design become a reality, PATH expects the structure to be built by 2010.
Source: Chicago Tribune (08/22/04); Sichelman, Lew
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