NESSBE 2023: How Do We Build More Affordable Housing

November 17, 2023

What are the barriers that keep affordable homes from being sustainable and healthy for homeowners? Why is housing legislation slow to protect the well-being of disadvantaged renters? Why do zoning rules that enforce single-family housing on large lots have concentrated and locked in poverty in historically redlined neighborhoods that are highly exposed to pollution and the first wave of impacts of climate change? Do energy efficient homes cost more to build and maintain? What can Designers, Planners, Engineers, Advocates, Policymakers, Students, Real estate professionals, and State agencies do to make high performing, safe, and affordable homes for all of Connecticut’s residents? Join us for a panel discussion with Planning and Affordable housing experts as we discuss the big question “How do we build more affordable housing?” We can’t approach the housing crisis separately from the climate crisis, but if we focus on land use reform and financial incentives and advanced building techniques, we won’t have to.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the barriers that keep affordable homes from being sustainable and healthy for homeowners.
  • Understand why housing legislation is slow to protect the well-being of disadvantaged renters.
  • Learn why zoning rules that enforce single-family housing on large lots have concentrated and locked in poverty in historically redlined neighborhoods that are highly exposed to pollution and the first wave of impacts of climate change.
  • Learn about the cost of energy efficient homes and what Designers, Planners, Engineers, Advocates, Policymakers, Students, Real estate professionals, and State agencies can do to make high performing, safe, and affordable homes for all of Connecticut’s residents.