Opening Doors into Smarter Affordable Housing: A Workshop on Accessibility & Sustainability

June 15, 2011
10:30 amto3:30 pm

Date:  June 15, 2011
Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm
Location:  DHCD – 100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA

Massachusett s Department of Housing & Community Development Publicly-funded housing development and renovation projects – especially those receiving HOME funds– have a variety of requirements for compliance with Federal and State laws, regulations and guidelines regarding accessibility for the disabled and sustainability. This seminar, presented by Cliff  Boehmer and Paul Warkentin of Davis Square Architects, is intended for housing developers and architects to better understand obligations that come with federal funding and DHCD’s efforts to enhance compliance.

The first part of the seminar will focus on accessibility, including sorting through the varying applicability ‘triggers’ of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehab Act of 1973, the Fair Housing Act, and the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board. Participants will review some common problems faced by developers in building housing that complies with these regulations, touch on the concepts ofUniversal Design that go beyond statutory requirements, and finally review the appendices to DHCD’s QAP with an eye toward understanding how they are intended to enhance compliance with accessibility laws and enhance housing accessibility.

The second part will focus on sustainability issues, including HOME requirements for Energy Starcompliance, HUD siting standards for transit oriented development, a review of new energy conservationrequirements in the 8th edition of the Building Code and the Stretch Code, as well as reviewing the QAP sustainability appendices.

There is no charge, but space is limited, so you must register. Please reserve your seat byemailing Joanlin Hsu, 617.573.1315 (Joanlin.Hsu@state.ma.us).