Research Thrust Areas

Research into all aspects related to residential construction is at the core of the PHRC Mission and Goals.  New ideas, processes, and technologies related to residential construction are developed, evaluated, and disseminated by the PHRC at the local, state, and national levels. While the PHRC welcomes researching any topic related to housing and residential construction, the current major research thrust areas of the organization can be summarized as follows:

Each of these thrust areas is critical to advancing the state of the art in residential construction. Encompassing a wide variety of topics ranging from classifying indoor air quality, improving energy efficiency, building for tornado and seismic resistance, and leading the development of streamlined construction approaches for multi-family dwelling units, these thrust areas complement each other to provide a holistic approach to addressing the unique design and construction issues in residential construction.



The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

219 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

Fax: 814-863-7304