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Policies, Programs and People that Shape Innovation in Housing by Andrew R. Sanderford, Andrew P. McCoy

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CHAPTER 4

THE POLICY CONTEXT FOR ADOPTING AND DIFFUSING U.S. HOMEBUILDING TECHNOLOGY

Carlos Martin

Homebuilding technologies are a public event. We drive by construction sites in our neighborhoods to see the size and style of new homes, and guess at what those homes might be adding to the look and the value of the community. A walk through any local home retail behemoth provides aisles of visual evidence that our homes are composed of thousands of parts, and that these parts must in some way be physically joined by someone to make a house that this is bigger than the sum of its parts. If we are even more intrepid or are part of the homebuilding business itself, we read trade magazines and attend builders’ shows that present a dizzying array of ...

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