Encouraging innovation


State and local policymakers should encourage innovation in housing construction. This includes increased use of modular construction with appropriate consumer protections and safety standards. 

Policymakers and the private sector should promote building construction and renovation with materials and technologies that decrease energy and water use (see also Chapter 13: Disasters and Extreme Weather, as well as Chapter 12: Energy Affordability). They should target such programs to households with low and moderate incomes.