Global Housing Event Echoes NAHB’s Housing Agenda

Filed in IHA, Membership, Sustainability and Green Building by on October 25, 2016 2 Comments

NAHB representatives have just returned from Ecuador, where they share the association’s housing agenda and learned more about housing issues around the globe at Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

Attendees walk into the exhibit hall.

Attendees walk into the exhibit hall.

The meeting, which drew thousands of people from around the world, took place Oct. 17-20 in Quito.

Held every 20 years, the meeting this time focused on the New Urban Agenda, designed to set global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, and to rethink the way we build, manage and live in cities.

“Many of NAHB’s priorities are in line with the New Urban Agenda, therefore it was important for us to share our viewpoint at this important international housing event,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady.

“It was also a learning experience for us to hear from housing officials from across the globe to learn more about the issues impacting their housing markets and how they are dealing with them.”

The meeting focused affordable housing, sustainable development, urban planning, open space and resilience in construction.

“NAHB has been at the forefront of many of these key issues, and we believe with our experience and expertise that we can assist the UN and U.S. in implementing some of the important goals of the agenda,” said Brady. “We stand ready and willing to fight for the housing industry at home and abroad to provide more safe and affordable housing for families everywhere.”

For more information about NAHB’s global initiatives, visit the International Housing Association or Global Membership pages.

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  1. Congratulations NAHB to expand our global horizons and meet our international friends who can hopefully align with NAHB as future members!
    We have so much to learn together with our international partners!
    Get involved today with our NAHB Global Opportunities Board!
    ONwards and UPwards with the globalization of NAHB!

  2. JOE HONICK says:

    I am proud to have helped this international agenda get off the ground many years ago with early invited travel to Japan, but a more noteworthy “World Focus on China Housing” which I was pleased to chair and produce in Shanghai in 2001. Such events were even more emphatic in leading the new National Housing Center Building Committee through about eight other nations to gain understanding of their own approaches and to tie them to NAHB. Housing is indeed a worldwide concern, and it is only fitting NAHB should be part of it actively, and I would welcome involvement as a Life Director, if and when possible.

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