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Wednesday, May 1 • 8:00am - 12:00pm
Progress to the Summit: Living, Affordable Housing

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Cost: Member: $135   Non-member: $150


Several years ago, the International Living Future Institute theorized that Affordable Housing could be constructed as Living Buildings. A group of innovators leading the charge on equity and sustainability in housing shared our vision of healthy and regenerative homes that are also affordable. We can now tell the story of several affordable housing projects that have been successfully designed and built to acknowledge our inherent connection to the environment, promote health and well-being, increase quality of life, and drastically reduce water and energy consumption. In a range of locations and contexts and at a variety of scales, these projects have been constructed within the traditional mechanisms of affordable housing finance largely by non-profit developers.

A panel of project team members who are in the midst of designing and constructing living affordable housing, as well as those from past projects that are completed and certified will provide participants a chance to learn from projects that have come before them.

With this spirit of collaboration, ILFI staff will also present the newest updates and resources from the Institute, many of which have been inspired and influenced by the work and lessons learned through these projects. Summit attendees will leave feeling inspired and equipped to take on the challenge to create Living Affordable Housing.


  1. Discuss replicable strategies from affordable housing project case studies.
  2. Understand the barriers and opportunities for affordable housing projects using the Living Building Challenge as a framework
  3. Review new recommendations for Living, affordable housing.
  4. Practice using new tools and resources related to affordable housing.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 4 LFA credits
  • 4 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Uche Okezie

Director of Community and Real Estate Development, HomeSight
Uche Okezie is the Director of Community and Real Estate Development at HomeSight, a nonprofit Community Development Corporation in Southeast Seattle whose mission is to promote social and economic equity in order to preserve and enhance economically and culturally diverse communities... Read More →
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Molly Simpson

Manager, Fannie Mae
Molly Simpson is a Manager for the Fannie Mae Multifamily Green and Healthy Housing Financing Business for Fannie Mae. In this capacity, she focuses on developing and implementing financing products that increase the sustainability of the country's multifamily housing stock. Prior... Read More →
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Rachel Cluett

Manager, Fannie Mae
Rachel Cluett is a Manager with Fannie Mae’s Multifamily Green and Healthy Housing Financing Business.  In this role Cluett manages Fannie Mae’s Healthy Housing Rewards program, which incentivizes healthy design and provision of resident services in affordable multifamily housing... Read More →
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Gladys Ly-Au Young

Founding Prinicpal, Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects
A founding principal of Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects, Gladys Ly-Au Young is driven by social purpose to design earth-friendly, community-based places that function well, create belonging, and promote health and sustainability. Climate change is real, and Gladys believes... Read More →
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Jonathan Heller

President, Ecotope
Jonathan Heller is the President of Ecotope and a licensed Professional Engineer in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. He has worked in the field of energy efficiency since 1986 providing research, consulting, and design on energy and resource efficiency in buildings.  He has... Read More →
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Michael Moore

Ecological Engineer
An ecological engineer, Mike has developed Water Petal strategies for a variety of buildings, including single- and multi-family residences, affordable housing, assisted living facilities, and office buildings. These strategies include a breadth of resource recovery technologies spanning... Read More →
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Susan Puri

Manager, Affordable Housing, ILFI
As Affordable Housing Manager, Susan helps affordable housing projects achieve Living Building Certification through the Institute’s pilot program. She also helps develop resources and educational materials. Originally from the Atlanta area, Susan attended Georgia Tech where she... Read More →

Wednesday May 1, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Skykomish Room 604