Housing affordability continues to be a priority for housing experts not just in the United States, but worldwide, said participants at the 2017 Interim Meeting of the International Housing Association (IHA).
NAHB representatives joined economists, builders and researchers from 11 countries for the mid-November meeting, held this year in Tokyo, one of the IHBA member countries.
The meeting also featured the launch of the IHA Housing Continuum, a working diagram and terminology guide to common housing supply system elements, including types of housing units and programming, including both social- and market-based. This common “language” has been designed to help association members work together more efficiently.
“The IHA is actively engaged in addressing housing affordability challenges faced by member countries around the world, including the social housing challenges facing those most in need. By establishing the official IHA Housing Continuum, we are providing a common lexicon as a key tool to facilitate discussions, enhance collaboration and accelerate the finding of the right solutions for the varying situations around the world,” said Kevin Lee, chairman of IHA and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association.
The IHA also reiterated its support for a working group to support the housing needs of developing countries and bring heightened awareness of these needs to its member countries and across the world.
“By working together, we will be able to share ideas and best practices from around the world that have worked in other countries, to better assist developing countries that may have similar challenges,” Lee said.
For over 30 years, IHA has provided a unique housing policy and solutions forum. IHA’s growing membership includes nations from six continents. NAHB serves as the Secretariat of IHA.
To learn more about the IHA, contact Giuliana Nava-Cord at 800-368-5242 x8182.