Author: Nicholas Julian

Nicholas Julian

Nicholas Julian is program manager, land use, for the National Association of Home Builders.

Housing in OZ

Opportunity Zones (OZs) are an economic development tool created by the federal government in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. They offer opportunities for developers who understand the requirements and challenges.


High Performance and Quality Living in a Multifamily, Community Setting

The Parkway is a traditional, garden-style suburban community in Houston, Texas, but what sets the project apart from its garden-style peers is its dedication to green and energy efficient features, earning it a 2019 Best in American Living Award for Green Community. Sustainability and environmental impact were carefully considered in the design of The Parkway. […]


High Performance Homes: Takeaways from the Pacific Northwest

Low energy bills, reduced carbon footprint, and record sales are just a few reasons why green homes are appealing to both homebuyers and builders. The award-winning Georgetown Flora Green home blends sustainable innovation with classic architectural features allowing it to appear as if it has always been part of the historic Seattle neighborhood. The home […]


South Side Success

An Ohio urban infill project shows how housing can provide the foundation for good health and employment.


5G: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

Along with the positives of new technologies often come unintended—or previously unidentified—complications. NAHB recently reported on the potential land use implications of electric car charging stations and their accompanying infrastructure. Another new mobile broadband technology called 5G may impact land use in a similar manner. What is 5G, and how is it different than 4G? […]


Making Housing Options Work

NAHB’s new report, “Diversifying Housing Options with Smaller Lots and Smaller Homes,” explores the issues involved in generating a greater mix of housing types and highlights successful efforts across the nation.


Why a “Ban” on Single-Family Zoning Could Be a Good Thing

Recently, the state of Oregon has moved to use the power of policy to influence housing affordability, diversity and flexibility. In what some are calling an effective ban on single-family zoning, the state is requiring that multifamily units be allowed on land previously reserved just for single-family homes. Oregon H.B. 2001, effective Aug. 8, 2019, […]