Award Finalists Give Glimpse into Future of Construction

Originally published by: Ivory InnovationsMarch 1, 2021

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Today, Ivory Innovations announced the finalists for the 2021 Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability

This year’s finalists feature innovative solutions ranging from new approaches to address ever rising material and labor costs, to efforts that helped communities and individuals respond to the COVID–19 pandemic. An additional focus was placed on solutions to affordability that seek to address historic inequalities related to race and housing.

“This year has shown how interlinked housing, and specifically affordability, is to our social and economic fabric,” said Abby Ivory, director of Ivory Innovation and Strategic Projects at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. 

The 2021 Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability are selected by the Prize’s Advisory Board, which is composed of some of the top minds in housing across the U.S. This year’s finalists are (listed in alphabetical order):

CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN

Autovol – Nampa, Idaho: Autovol is tackling affordable housing by using innovative technology to automate the modular construction process, cutting 40% of the traditional build time.

BamCore – Windsor, California: BamCore is a studless framing solution using timber bamboo to deliver a customized, code-compliant wall system that is redefining the low-rise built environment.

Blokable – Sacramento, California: Blokable’s comprehensive modular development model significantly reduces the cost and time required to create and operate new multi-family housing. 

Building Talent Foundation – Washington, D.C.: The Building Talent Foundation is strategically addressing the severe and persistent labor shortage across skilled trades by connecting trained talent with builders.

Community First! Village – Austin, Texas: Community First! Village is changing the model by which cities address chronic homelessness by shifting from a housing first approach into a community first approach.

ICON – Austin, Texas: ICON develops advanced construction technologies that advance humanity. Using proprietary 3D printing robotics, software and advanced materials, ICON is shifting the paradigm of homebuilding on Earth and beyond.

Park Avenue Green // CG+A – New York City, New York: Park Avenue Green, currently the largest passive house affordable housing development in the country, making the critical connection between sustainability, energy efficiency and affordability. 

UNITY Homes – Walpole, New Hampshire: UNITY Homes combines state-of-the-art technology and machinery to build a panelized home that a client’s builder assembles at a very affordable price point.  

Tiny Home Village Project – Albuquerque, New Mexico: The Tiny Homes Village is a unique approach to addressing homlessness and racial equity, through a tiny home village specifically focused on supporting the local Native American community.