Consilium Design’s continued participation at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shines at the 2020 International Builders Show in Las Vegas, NV.
Craig Karn, President, has been appointed to the Environmental Issues Committee along with continuing his service on the Land Development Committee. He is energized and excited to share highlights from both committee meetings.
Land Development spotlight:
- How to use development design standards to protect health, safety and welfare and avoid exclusionary zoning practices that diminish affordability. As an Example:
- Des Moines, Iowa, is attempting to include highly prescriptive design standards in their Des Moines 2040 plan. The changes proposed included standards such as requiring full basements, single-car garages and driveways, along with minimum lot sizes and material restrictions. Other language allows only brick or stone cottages in particular areas of the city and has the express goal of producing homes in the “Victorian Revival, and Arts and Crafts styles.”
Originally the plan also included minimum house sizes of 1,400 feet, but this was dropped as a result of pushback from local builders. That requirement would have greatly limited the ability of Habitat for Humanity, one of Des Moines’ strongest builders of affordable housing, to produce needed homes.
Environmental Issues focused on:
- A Solar Tool Kit is under development that will provide guidance to homebuilders on how to achieve affordable solar energy for their homes.
- The impact of changing service requirements for homes to meet the need for home charging for electric cars.
- As our climate changes and water becomes more of a commodity, particularly here in the west, the need for reliable data regarding water use both indoors and outdoors is becoming increasingly important. As an example, sub-metering for specific uses within the home and landscape irrigation outside the home.
- The trend across the US of natural gas bans for new construction at both the local and state level.
Craig finished off his time at the show presenting with Michael Medick of KTGY in Tysons, Virginia. Their education presentation was entitled “Lot by lot, How to Build Communities Your Buyers Will Love”. If you missed this great presentation, see Craig’s Best in American Living article that the presentation was based upon at https://bestinamericanliving.com/features/2019/11/placemaking-lot-by-lot/.
For those who don’t know, Kristie is on the Metro Denver HBA board for Professional Women in Building (PWB), and attended the show representing that dynamic Colorado group. Colorado’s PWB is a leader in education. They won 1st place for the Best Innovative Program Award for mentoring.
One of the awesome parts of being active on the NAHB committees if getting to share your thoughts and perspectives and learn from our industry peers. If you have something to share, please pass them on and we will make sure they are brought up in the spring leadership meeting with Washington DC this June.