The Equitable Housing & Livability Institute (EHLI) works to make better housing in Utah attainable for all. We put research into practice — bringing down the cost of construction of multifamily housing, improving the quality of life of residents, and powering buildings with renewable energy to ensure clean air and water resources for future generations.


EHLI is a collective of designers, 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 leadership team conducts original research to produce replicable tools and advanced methods that are shared openly with the building industry in Utah and beyond. 



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.


For EHLI, housing is not an abstract concept. It's someone's home. It's the place where community is built. The quality of the design and construction of buildings that contain people's homes directly affects their quality of life and the health of their communities. EHLI identifies opportunities for improvement at the unit, building, and community levels through both qualitative and quantitative research, application, testing, and verification in order  to advance the field locally and lead the conversation nationally on this topic.


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.