Offering Design Help On Line

"Deane Evans has created a new web-based tool to help developers achieve design excellence in affordable housing developments.

The Affordable Housing Design Advisor  is a new, web-based tool created by Deane Evans, executive director of NJIT's Center for Architecture and Building Science Research (CABSR). Created by for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Design Advisor is designed to help community development organizations across the country achieve design excellence in their affordable housing developments.

CABSR is currently upgrading and expanding the scope of the Design Advisor with funding support from three key national agencies: the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; the Fannie Mae Foundation; and the National Institute of Building Sciences.  These funded efforts will enhance the user interface for the Design Advisor; create a special training module within the Advisor focused on "demystifying density;" and establish a new, complementary tool called the Energy Efficient Housing Rehab Advisor. Additional partners in the project include the American Institute of Architects; the Enterprise Foundation; the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston; the Local Initiatives Support Corporation; the National Congress for Community Economic Development; and the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation.