Reinventing the Home: How ADUs can be implemented in Washington, DC

Small blue home next to larger blue home
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 9:00am
Washington, DC

On October 23, join the Coalition for Smarter Growth, DC ADU Workgroup, AIA|DC, and ULI Washington for Reinventing the Home: How accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can be a bigger part of the housing solution for DC. 

This conference seeks to bring together the stakeholders who can help bring accessory dwelling unit (ADU) production to scale in the District. The revised 2016 DC zoning regulations now permit ADUs as a matter of right in low density residential zones. ADUs are secondary dwellings that exist on the same lot as a traditional single-family house either in the same building or as a smaller separate building on the homeowner's property. ADUs improve sustainability by creating more resource-efficient housing; improve housing affordability by adding new supply in previously inaccessible places; and reap both social and financial benefits by promoting intergenerational shared housing for homeowners and renters.

Zoning changes have not been enough to facilitate broad adoption of ADUs in the market. Homeowners still face a series of practical barriers to building ADUs on their property, determining appropriate design options, assessing feasibility, securing financing, navigating the permitting process, developing working relationships with architects and builders, managing the construction process, and ongoing property management. Through this one-day event, we will bring together resources, experience, and stakeholders to begin to address these challenges, and bring ADUs, as a new generation of housing supply, to scale in the District of Columbia.

What: Reinventing the Home: How accessory dwelling units can be a bigger part of the housing solution for DC

Where: District Architecture Center, 421 7th Street NW, Washington, DC

Cost: $25. Limited scholarships are available. Email for scholarship information.