NEAHCASA INNOVATIONS INDEX

Tom Bender * 30 Aug 2009

OVERVIEWS:

TIME TO RETHINK AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

A brief listing of some of the root causes of housing problems that are not being fully addressed. [Tom Bender website]

THE FIVE HORSEMEN OF OUR APOCALYPSE.

Some of the pressures towards collapse of our existing economy. [Tom Bender website]

A NEW HOUSING PARADIGM.

Redoing our whole housing paradigm so homeowners rather than financial institutions and energy companies benefit, reducing total costs by 80%.  [Tom Bender website]

MOVING OUTSIDE THE MONEY BOX:

NC FREE LAND.

Use of existing tax credits with moving land into UGBs for affordable housing to get the land available at no cost. [NC website]

NC FREE HOUSING.

Strategy for permanently paying off CLT housing in 25 years. [NC website]

FINANCE-FREE HOUSING.

More details on how a CLT can permanently pay off its housing in 25 years by market-rate rental of 1/4 of its units, and next steps. [Tom Bender website]

MONEY:

NC FINANCING.

What were available options for funding construction/acquisition. [NC website]

NC COMMUNITY INVESTMENT.

Strategy using Self-Directed IRAs for people to shift retirement savings from stock market into support of local community housing. [NC website]

NC TAX MEASURES.

Some sources of local public investment for affordable housing. [NC website]

NC PUBLIC POLICY.

Some public policy options to help affordable housing. [NC website]

ENERGY:

NC NZE.

The concept of building/retrofitting homes to eliminate need for heating systems and bringing them close to eliminating the energy costs that are greater than construction costs. [NC website]

OUR HOMES ARE A GOLDMINE.

Daily Astorian article on NZE retrofits of existing homes to reduce energy use by 80%.  [Tom Bender website]

TILLAWATTS.

Overview of combining NZE retrofits with ADU ordinances for multiple benefits from today's existing homes. [Tom Bender website]

SMALLER AND BETTER HOMES:

BEYOND AN OVERSTUFFED WORLD.

Some of the real costs of our oversized homes, and an intro to how wonderful small homes can be if done right. [Tom Bender website]

TWO FROM ONE.

Report on an executed conversion of a ranch home into a flexible shared housing/workplace with major energy upgrades. [Tom Bender website]

FLEXPLEX.

A new concept of (duplex) home design based on ability to shift its organization and use over time from multi-generational to up/down duplex to ADU to home occupation to rentable guestroom.  Passive solar, 1.5 story, set up for NZE and modular construction. [Tom Bender website]

NC MODULAR HOMES.

This, with "FlexPlex" and NC's Plan Book, show what is "possible" with factory construction.  There are downsides also.  [NC website]

NC SOUL.

Reminder of the ease and importance of having soul in our homes. [NC website]

RELATED "TIE-INS":

NC TRANSPORTATION.

Everything is connected.  Brief touch on rural non-profit carshare system and its potential benefits for housing affordability. [NC website]

NEXT STEPS:

INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION.doc

Some "next step" fundable projects for moving forward towards major change in affordable housing. (request by email)

CONTACT/ACCESS:
NEAHCASA:  <http://www.neahcasa.org/>  503-368-6294

TOM BENDER: www.tombender.org  mailto:<tbender@nehalemtel.net> 503-368-6294