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Baseline Specification Review

To better understand the materials commonly specified for affordable housing projects, Habitable reviewed specifications for both new construction and rehabilitation projects designed between 2012-2016 in several regional communities of practice. From that work, Habitable then compiled general information on the products specified in seven main product categories: Flooring, Interior Paint, Drywall, Countertops, Cabinetry & Millwork, Doors, and Thermal Insulation. The aggregated information provides a snapshot of regional trends. This data not only serves as a baseline against which future practice and market evolution toward healthier materials can be compared, but also allows developers, owners, and operators of housing to benchmark their current practice.

Click on the icons below to see the baseline specification information for each region studied.