Virginia family gets keys to Habitat for Humanity’s first 3D-printed home in the US

Timelapse video shows construction of 3D-printed home (CNN)One Virginia family received the keys to their new 3D-printed home in time for Christmas.The home is Habitat for Humanity’s first 3D-printed home in the nation, according to a Habitat news release.Janet V. Green, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, told CNN it partnered with Alquist, a 3D printing company, earlier this year to …

Fare free or zero fare transit could address equity and ridership issues. Here’s how some cities are making it happen.

INNOVATIONS TRANSPORTATION https://www.planning.org/planning/2021/fall/can-zero-fare-transit-work/ Also: By 1980, there were more than 40,000 miles of road in the interstate system (most 90% covered by federal investment). Highway engineers have since added more than 5,000 miles aimed at speeding up traffic and easing congestion, especially for suburban commuters (with federal participation at the 80% level)…in the first 20 years of the interstate highway system, …

Communities of majority Black, Indigenous or other people of color, as well as low-income communities, are already producing the highest numbers and ratios of affordable units: Upzoning increases gentrification in these communities

The report found that communities that are made up of majority Black, Indigenous or other people of color, as well as low-income communities, are already producing the highest number of affordable units as well as the highest ratio of affordable to market-rate units without rezoning. In comparison, the largest number of communities with an affordable housing ratio lower than 19% …

Architects and Households Declare: We need a just and fair transition to limiting our emissions in a way that doesn’t exclude households unable to pay or push even more people into fuel poverty. Demand is growing to see Net Zero carbon emissions delivered.

Households Declare Is a New Campaign to Fix Housing: This British campaign should be copied in North America. Households Declare! is demanding the housing stock in the United Kingdom be fixed. Its mission: “We need a just and fair transition to limiting our emissions in a way that doesn’t exclude households unable to pay or push even more people into …

An Equity-Based Primer on Paying to Pollute

Nuts, Bolts, and Pitfalls of Carbon Pricing While carbon pricing and emissions trading schemes have been a part of climate policy discussions for decades, the concept has gained popularity in recent years. The term usually refers to two common policy mechanisms, “cap and trade” and a “carbon tax,” which are market-based measures that create a carbon market by putting a …

Poorer households should get free heat pumps, say experts: Help is needed to replace gas boilers with low-carbon alternatives, warn builders, energy firms and charities

Fiona Harvey Guardian UK, Wed 16 Jun 2021 Households on low incomes should be supplied with free heat pumps in order to kickstart the market for low-carbon heating equipment and meet the UK’s climate targets, experts have told the government. Heat pumps can currently cost thousands of pounds to install, but the more that are installed, the faster that cost is likely …

10-story apartment building, decent design and massing, $3 million before shipping and on-site placement, assembled in 1 day

Broad Sustainable Building is at it again with its new 5D folding modular system. in Treehugger, by Lloyd Alter, June 15, 2021, Fact checked by Haley Mast Broad Sustainable Building has been developing factory-built structures since 2009, usually with headlines noting a hotel was built in a week or an office tower in a month. However, this is the first time we have …

Philadelphia’s eviction diversion program is a ‘lifeline’ for tenants

The “nation’s largest poor city” has adopted one of the most aggressive eviction diversion efforts in the U.S., in an effort one city council member said she hopes will remain post-pandemic. June 16, 2021, by Amanda Loudin https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/philadelphias-eviction-diversion-program-is-a-lifeline-for-tenants/601645/ At the height of the pandemic last fall, Philadelphia resident Eboni Ann Jones fell on hard times. Jones, a single mother who works …

The most important factor in the housing crisis is low supply, especially in the categories needed. Zoning is a key contributor to that problem. Sweden built social housing.

The most important factor is low supply. Michael Neal, senior research associate at the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center, told Vox in a December interview that low supply is “probably the biggest contributor” to the rapid rise in prices. Having a bunch of first-time homebuyers enter the market wouldn’t be that big of a deal if the market could accommodate them. …

Why Stockholm’s 1930s Housing Projects Are Now in High Demand. Targeted social housing for vulnerable groups is now back on the agenda in Sweden

Anyone in Sweden is theoretically entitled to permanent tenancy of a rent-controlled apartment. In recent decades, however, lack of supply in areas of greatest demand has created very long waiting lists. Facing a housing crunch almost a century ago, Sweden’s capital built ‘Barnrikehus’ for low-income families. Today the rent-controlled apartments are some of the city’s more sought-after properties. By Feargus O’Sullivan, Bloomberg, …