The Equitable Housing & Livability Institute puts research into practice — bringing down the cost of construction for multifamily housing, improving the quality of life for residents, and powering buildings with renewable energy to ensure clean air and water resources for future generations.
EHLI is a collective of designers, real–estate developers, social scientists, sustainability experts, and socially-conscious activists working to fundamentally reconsider how affordable housing is designed and built. EHLI collaborates with experts and community stakeholders across policy, government, design, construction, manufacturing, finance, and operations to connect resources across disciplines. Our team focuses on creating replicable tools and innovative methods in the affordable housing market that are shared openly with the building industry in Utah. EHLI exists to accelerate:
1. RESPONSIBLE HOUSING
EHLI leverages collaborative practices and integrated design principles to provide housing that mitigates the negative impacts of construction and operations on air, water, and other environmental resources. ELHI works to make it cost-effective and commonplace to power buildings with clean, renewable energy.
2. BETTER HOUSING
For EHLI, housing is not an abstract concept; it’s the place where people make their home and the place where community is built. The thoughtfulness that goes into the design and construction of residential buildings directly affects residents’ quality of life and the health of their communities. EHLI identifies opportunities for design and construction improvements at the unit, building, and community scales through both qualitative and quantitative research, application, testing, and verification. Our goal is for Utah to advance the conversation about building better housing for all locally and lead the conversation nationally.
3. MORE HOUSING
According to the National Low Income Housing Authority, Utah has 47,180 fewer homes for low-income families than it needs. In addition, nearly half of renters in Utah spend more than 30% of their income on housing and are considered cost-burdened as a result. The biggest barrier to more housing is the limited number of federal tax credits that currently bridge the gap between costs and financing. EHLI works to drive down the hard costs of housing to reduce reliance on subsidies. EHLI’s multifaceted team is actively exploring all avenues to achieve this goal, including reviewing financing mechanisms, construction methods, and design-build processes.