Pushing Back Against NIMBYism, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, NAHB Innovative Housing Showcase, Schedule



The very best way, obviously, is to address the ideological factors that are causing [prices] to rise so much,” Carson said, per the News and Observer about how to create more affordable housing. “These density and height restrictions and parking restrictions, they add to a new, single-family construction about 25% [in price] and to multifamily 32% on average. That’s a massive increase in pricing, which leaves a lot of people very distressed.”

Secretary Carson’s office noted in a press release that the country is far behind schedule in building new housing units.

The U.S. needs about 1.3 million new homes and 325,000 new apartments per year to keep up with population growth. But in 2018, only some 900,000 homes were started and on average only 244,000 apartments are built per year, HUD said, citing data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Apartment Association (NAA).

We are working with the various local jurisdictions to remove a lot of the [regulatory] barriers,” Carson said. “That is the thing that the builders are waiting for.”

Which from the manufactured home industry perspective begs the question, has the Manufactured Housing Institute and/or the HUD staff informed Secretary Carson about the “enhanced preemption” provisions regarding manufactured homes? That’s the subject of a deeper dive, linked below.


HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Affordable Housing, Obscuring the Truth, Innovations in Housing, and Manufactured Homes – Masthead L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

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Part of what’s noteworthy in the above is Carson’s choice of the words, “ideological factors…” – an online dictionary, per Google, said: ideological” is an adjective that means: “based on or relating to a system of ideas and ideals, especially concerning economic or political theory and policy.”

Below is the schedule that HUD set for the Innovative Housing Showcase, per the HUD website.




IHS Location:

National Mall (between 4th and 7th Streets)
Washington, DC
Site Map

IHS Operating Hours:

Weekend Hours: 10am – 6pm
Weekday Hours: 9am – 6pm

IHS Schedule:
(Last updated 6/5/2019 – Dates and times are subject to change.)


Saturday, June 1 – General Public Day

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public



10:00 AM – 10:15 AM



HUD Secretary Ben Carson

10:30 AM – 11:15 PM


Panel: Beyond the Prototypes – Meet the Exhibitors Part 1

Moderator: Denise Dersin (Professional Builder Magazine)

Panelists: Boxabl,

Ducky Johnson,

MinMax Spaces,


Skyline Champion


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Tunneling Presentation

Description: IHS brings together a collection of innovative companies to display new building technologies and housing solutions that are addressing affordability and resiliency. Meet our exhibitors and learn more about the housing prototypes and materials they are displaying on the National Mall. Exhibitors for this presentation will include Boxabl, Ducky Johnson, MinMax Spaces, PRESCIENT, and Skyline Champion.

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

On-Stage Interview with Zack Gillin, Tiny House Nation

Interviewer: Denise Dersin, Professional Builder Magazine

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel: Many Problems, Mini Solutions

Moderator: Zack Giffin, Tiny House Nation

Panelists: Elizabeth Singleton (Build us HOPE),

Andrew Bennett (Core Housing Solutions), and

Alexis Stephens (Tiny House Expedition)

Description: Tiny homes: they’re all the rage right now, but what really goes into the building process, and how can this trend be used to reach its full potential? Experts in tiny-home building will discuss the process of producing these structures, and how tiny homes can be an innovative solution to a wide range of housing needs. Exhibitors for this presentation will include Build us HOPE, Core Housing Solutions, and Tiny House Expedition.

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Panel: Beyond the Prototypes – Meet the Exhibitors Part 2

Moderator: NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde

Panelists: indieDwell,


Oak Ridge National Laboratory,

Piedmont Green,


Description: IHS brings together a collection of innovative companies to display new building technologies and housing solutions that are addressing affordability and resiliency. Meet our exhibitors and learn more about the housing prototypes and materials they are displaying on the National Mall. Exhibitors for this presentation will include indieDwell, NUCA, Oakridge Lab, Piedmont Green, and CAVCO.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

NAHB Chairman Greg UgaldeSunday, June 2 – State and Local Government Day

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel: The Ins and Outs of Innovation

Moderator: Lorraine Woellert (POLITICO)

Panelists: Mike Luzier (Home Innovation Research Lab),

Jeff Rumer (National Utility Contractors Association)

Description: Two leaders in innovative building technologies and processes, the Home Innovation Research Lab (HIRL) and the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), bring their leadership to discuss the future of home building. Michael Luzier of HIRL and Jeff Rumer of NUCA – two groups that are the frontline of innovation – will discuss building material testing and trenchless technology.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel: Local Solutions to Housing Challenges

Moderator: Laura Kusisto (Wall Street Journal)

Panelists: Commissioner Sheila Kiscaden (Olmsted County, Minnesota),

Daria Daniel (National Association of Counties),

William Doerner (Prince George County, MD Planning Board and Economist at FHFA)

Description: States and local governments are taking action to boost housing in their communities. From affordability to availability, production to preservation, this panel will discuss the increasing level of activity happening in housing at the state and local level, as well as the regulatory barriers that impede the construction of affordable housing.


Monday, June 3 – Federal Government Day

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

HUD Secretary Ben Carson

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM

Opening Remarks

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM


FHFA Director Mark Calabria

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM


FEMA Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Panel: Innovations in Disaster Recovery and Mitigation

Moderator: Stephen Jordan, (Institute for Sustainable Development)

Panelists: Mike Hernandez (Fannie Mae),

Janet Golrick (HUD),

Roderick Scott (Ducky Johnson House Lifting).

Description: Featuring federal leaders in disaster recovery and housing, a Showcase exhibitor specializing in pre-disaster housing mitigation, and the Institute for Sustainable Development, this panel will discuss post-disaster housing issues, the value of mitigation, and why continuous improvement in housing innovation is vital for the nation’s risk management agenda. Participants include Mike Hernandez (Fannie Mae), Janet Golrick (HUD), Roderick Scott (Ducky Johnson House Lifting).

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM


HUD Acting Deputy Secretary Brian Montgomery

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM


Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes

Tuesday, June 4 – Capitol Hill Day

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public


10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Opening Remarks

NAHB Vice Chairman Dean Mon

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Panel: Fostering Innovative Technology

Moderator: Christopher Bourne (HUD Office of Innovation)

Panelists: Carlos Martin (Urban Institute),

Andrew McCoy (Virginia Tech),

Michael Luzier (Home Innovation Research Lab),

Dr. Theresa Weston (DuPont)

Description: The Fostering Innovative Technology panel announces the publication of HUD’s Office of Innovation report, “Building Even Better Homes: Strategies for Promoting Innovation in Home Building.” The panel will discuss the current state of innovation within the home building industry and ways in which government, academia and industry can work together to enable more innovation in housing.

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

On-Stage Interview

Moderator: Katy O’Donnell (POLITICO)

Participants: Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO)

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel: The Impact of Housing Policies

Moderator: Katy O’Donnell (POLITICO)

Panelists: Caitlin Walter (National Multifamily Housing Council),

Todd Richardson (HUD Office of Policy Development and Research),

Robert Dietz (NAHB’s Chief Economist)

Description: Panelists from HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, National Association of Home Builders, and the National Multifamily Housing Council will discuss how housing policies impact affordability across different markets. The panelists will also discuss new research that is critical to informing housing policy and influential in the field. Panel moderated by Katy O’Donnell of POLITICO.

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM

Closing Remarks

Wednesday, June 5 – Industry Day

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Opening Remarks

HUD Acting Dep. Secretary Brian Montgomery

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Fireside Chat

HUD Secretary Ben Carson,

Ankur Jain, Founder and CEO of Kairos

Moderator: Avik Roy, Policy Editor, Forbes; President & Co-Founder, The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel: Holistic Housing for Veterans

Moderator: Kayla Williams (Center for a New American Security)

Panelists: John Boerstler (NextOp),

Dr. Keith Harris (Veterans Health Administration),

Taryn Patterson (Leading Age Maryland),

Dylan Tête (Bastion)

Description: Supportive housing programs that are person-centered and trauma-informed incorporate a holistic approach to the provision of services that promote the dignity, strength, and empowerment of trauma survivors. By incorporating neighbor-to-neighbor social capital exchange and knowledge about the role of trauma in individuals’ lives into programs, policies, and procedures, supportive housing can facilitate transformative gains that lead to increased social connectedness, economic empowerment, and housing stability. Through this case study of an innovative and award-winning veteran housing development in New Orleans, participants will hear examples of how Bastion Community of Resilience is using this approach to reintegrate military veterans who have experienced trauma.

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM


Senator Marsha Blackburn

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Panel: Keeping Up With the Codes

Moderator: Sara Yerkes (International Code Council)

Panelists: Ken Bland (American Wood Council)

David Pereg (International Codes Council Evaluation Service)

Neil Burning (International Codes Council)

Description: Construction codes are good and necessary – but not everything is in the codes, especially innovative technologies and techniques. As leaders in the field of innovation, panelists from the American Wood Council and Home Innovation Research Lab talk about the processes to getting their products included in the codes.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel: Real Estate Realities – The Next 10 Years


Moderator: Diana Olick, CNBC

Dr. Robert Dietz (NAHB Chief Economist),

Mark Richardson (Professional Remodeler),

Terry Horton (D.R. Horton and Horton World Solutions)

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

HUD Secretary Ben Carson

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard


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