Innovative Housing Showcase Features Resilient and Innovative Solutions to America’s Housing Crisis
June 5, 2019
This week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) have sponsored the Innovative Housing Showcase in Washington D.C. The five day event has attracted an array of organizations and firms that have come to display their own new building technologies and housing solutions in order to heighten both the affordability and resiliency of housing for American families.
The event featured panel discussions, on-stage interviews, and demonstrations with lawmakers and entrepreneurs in the housing industry. On Monday morning, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, discussed the importance of prevention, planning, and innovation in fighting the country’s current affordable housing crisis.
Over the five day event, the National Mall was lined with prototype houses and innovative building technologies that address affordability and resiliency during natural disasters. The 18 exhibitors included Boxabl— a “universal building block” room that can be combined, stacked, and divided into units for a fraction of the regular building cost— as well as Ducky Johnson, an award-winning structural moving and innovation firm that has grown into one of America’s leading disaster response companies.
The Monday event also featured a panel on Innovations in Disaster Recovery and Mitigation, which showcased federal leaders in disaster recovery and housing, a Ducky Johnson exhibitor specializing in pre-disaster housing mitigation, and moderator Stephen Jordan from the Institute for Sustainable Development. The panelists included Mike Hernandez (Fannie Mae), Janet Golrick (HUD), and Roderick Scott (Ducky Johnson).
During the panel discussion on Monday afternoon, moderator Stephen Jordan highlighted the importance of raising awareness about ways that local, state, and federal agencies can prepare for risk before the onset of a disaster. In response, Roderick Scott of Ducky Johnson outlines the means that homeowners should take in order to prevent them from risk of flooding and other natural disasters.