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Creator: Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing
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M E Rinker, Sr, School of Building Construction College of Architecture PO Box 115703, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
32611-5703 TEL (352) 392-7697 SUNCOM 622-7697 FAX (352) 392-4364 e-mail AFFHSNG@NERVM NERDC UFL EDU

Volume X, Number 3

April, 1999

As we approach the 21st Century, we
need to look ahead at the materials and
technology that will have an impact on
the housing industry. Important issues
including affordability, energy
efficiency, structural strength, and
sustainability will gain even greater
importance. The 21st Century Housing
Symposium was organized in
conjunction with the 21st Annual
Southeast Builders Conference (SEBC)
and will address these issues.
Presented below is a description of the
sequence of speakers and topics. A
registration form also is included. For
additional information about the
symposium and the SEBC, visit the
web site of the Florida Home Builders
Association at


The first two speakers at the symposium
will examine the future of the housing market
in Florida and the southeast. Household forma
tions, a baby-boom cohort, immigration, and an
aging population will have a significant impact
on the quantity, design, size, and price of the
products produced by the housing industry.

In the past several years, a series of alterna
tives to wood framing and concrete masonry
construction have made inroads as alternative
choices for constructing homes. Their increase
in market share has been made possible prima
rily because of their claim of superior energy
efficiency or disaster resistance. The first
speaker in this series of presentations will
address some of the most significant barriers
facing the introduction of a different building
system in the United States. These barriers exist
even though some of the alternative systems
have been used successfully elsewhere in the
world for fifty or more years.

After reviewing the major barriers, a series
of experts, each representing a different build
ing system, will discuss the changes that their
respective systems will undergo as we enter the
21st Century. The alternative systems repre
sented will be steel, concrete, insulating con
create forms, and structural insulated panels.
Leaders from the wood-framed and concrete
masonry-unit construction sectors will also
discuss the advances that can be expected in
their building system.

The industry liaison in the Partnership for
Advancing Technology in Housing will de
scribe PATH, its mission, and its methods for
accomplishing its mission.

At the luncheon the audience will hear the
Department of Housing and Urban
Development's Assistant Secretary for Policy
Development and Research discuss the chal
lenges facing HUD in the 21st Century. What
policy changes may be expected that will have a
direct impact on the housing industry in
Florida, the southeast, and the nation?

As technology moves ahead faster than
our industry moves, everyone needs a
"gatekeeper." A gatekeeper is the individual
or organization that somehow keeps up-to
date on technological advances and becomes
aware of potential problems before others. In
the home building industry the primary
gatekeeper organization is generally recog
nized as the Maryland-based NAHB Research

Center, the research subsidiary of the Na
tional Association of Home Builders. Two
speakers from the NAHB Research Center
will address, first, some of the exciting new
technology that has or is being developed for
the home building industry. The second
speaker will describe the Homebase Hotline
that has been established for anyone in the
industry to call for help or to report a prob
lem. This hotline service can be a major
factor in identifying patterns or trends in the
use of a product or wide spread symptoms of
an impending problem.

One of the major challenges facing the
entire construction industry, particularly
homebuilding, is the shortage of skilled crafts
men. A builder that has become deeply in
volved in characterizing the problem and
working to develop solutions will discuss the
future of the labor issue.

Even with the inroads made by the alterna
tives to wood-framed construction, wood will
continue to be consumed by the home building
industry. The products we see in the 21st
Century, however, will be quite different from
the lumber of the past. A leader in wood
product research and development will discuss

some of the more significant products being
developed and that will likely enter the market
in the coming years.

The question of "what will it be like to
build homes under an International Construc
tion Code (ICC)?" will be addressed by a repre
sentative from the National Conference of States
on Building Codes and Standards (NCSBCS).
NCSBCS plays an active role in monitoring the
development of the ICC and will be able to
discuss the current status and future direction
of this effort.

Florida's Governor Jeb Bush recognizes the
importance of the home building industry in
Florida. He will welcome the symposium
participants at the evening banquet and empha
size the industry's importance in his growing

A representative of Lucent Technologies
will present the closing presentation at the
evening banquet. As we enter the 21st Century,
the electronic industry's fast paced
developments will have a major impact on the
size, design, and location of housing; it will
have a direct impact on the delivery of services;
and it will significantly alter the need for and
amount of mobility in our population. The
home building industry and all of the industries
that comprise the cast of players that delivers
housing need to be aware of the current and
future developments in electronic data

The Shimberg Center for Affordable
Housing conceived the notion of bringing
together experts in a variety of housing-related
areas to discuss their perception of what the
21st Century may bring. Their presentations,
however, would be most effective if the audi
ence is drawn from all sectors of the housing
delivery system. Contact with the Florida
Home Builders Association led to the decision
to hold the symposium on the day before (July
22) the 21st Annual Southeast Builders Confer
ence (SEBC) began. This decision also estab
lished the location as the Orange County Con
vention Center on International Drive in Or
land, Florida.

The Shimberg Center and the Florida
Home Builders Association functioned as
partners in organizing the program. The
Shimberg Center also approached the National
Housing Endowment, philanthropic arm of the
National Association of Home Builders, and
requested their financial support for the pro
duction of a summary of the presentations
made at the symposium. The Rinker Eminent
Scholar Fund administered by the M. E. Rinker,
Sr. School of Building Construction, established
by the Rinker Foundation, provided financial
support for the staff time and the food service.

Having assembled this support for the
symposium, the Shimberg Center requested and
received financial support from the federal
initiative called the Partnership for Advancing
Technology in Housing (PATH). PATH is a
i,,,,Ii I .. i/private industry partnership
coordinated by the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development.

Orange County Convention Center

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The 21st Century Housing Symposium will take place at the

Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, on 22 July

1999 beginning at 8:00 am. A registration for the Symposium is

enclosed with this newsletter. Questions regarding registration

should be directed to the Florida Home Builders Association.

Questions regarding the program should be directed to Robert C.

Stroh at the Shimberg Center.

Affordable Housing ISSUES is prepared bi-monthly by the Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing for the purpose of
discussing contemporary issues facing affordable housing providers. Reproduction of this newsletter is both permitted and
encouraged. Comments or questions regarding the content are welcome and should be addressed to Robert C. Stroh, Director.

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