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Road Trip: Washington, D.C.

November 15 - November 16

Join us in Washington, D.C. (on the Maryland side) November 15th and 16th, as we connect with smart companies and gather real-world perspectives of innovation in the field

We’ll kick things off with a happy hour co-hosted by Professional Builder from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday, November 15 at the All Set Restaurant & Bar in Silver Spring, Maryland. Chat with other Road Trip attendees and leaders from the D.C. market over cocktails and appetizers.

Wednesday morning, we’ll head off to Upper Marlboro to visit with Home Innovation Research Labs, a full-service research, testing, and consulting firm focused on improving the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of single- and multifamily homes and homebuilding products. Michael Luzier, HIRL’s president and CEO, will share their approach to innovation and give us a tour of the facility — highlighting some of their latest research projects.

Next, we’ll be joined by a panel of policy and industry experts, led by our friends at HillStaffer, to discuss implications and opportunities associated with Biden’s housing supply announcement, Build Back Better, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the mid-term elections.

We’ll explore:

  • Legislative issues that are likely to impact housing
  • Opportunities for innovation at the home + community development levels
  • How the Housing Innovation Alliance can use its voice to represent the production homebuilding landscape on the hill + advocate for real change that benefits the industry + homeowners

Finally, we’ll wrap up the day with a visit to University of Maryland’s School of Engineering, home to the Bing Research Group and lab, who are focused on developing new materials and physical solutions for today’s problems.

We’ll hear about new product and material solutions in development that were incubated at the university. One example being Inventwood, a startup that is transforming the properties of ordinary wood to deliver construction materials that are stronger than steel or as transparent as glass.

Transportation will be provided, and we’ll wrap things up around 4 pm.

Need hotel?

We don’t have a room block, but the Alliance team will be staying at the DoubleTree Silver Spring Washington DC North, located at 8777 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Shuttle service will be provided, and we’ll leave from the DoubleTree. Here’s a link to reserve your room.

Event Speakers:

Michael Luzier

President + CEO

Home Innovation Research Labs

Liangbing (Bing) Hu

Director, Center for Materials Innovation

University of Maryland

Jim Tobin

Executive Vice President of Government Affairs


Betsy Scott

Executive Director, Programs + Engagement

Housing Innovation Alliance

Mike Kelley


BPC Action

Michael Parr

Senior Advisor


Dennis Steigerwalt


Housing Innovation Alliance


November 15
November 16
$300.00 – $600.00

Join us For:

NOVEMBER 15 | 5 pm to 9 pm Eastern
Happy Hour co-hosted by Pro Builder

Join us at All Set Restaurant + Bar to connect with Road Trip attendees and other innovation leaders from the area. Registration is not required for this part of the event, but Road Trip registrants do receive their first two drinks free. Appetizers will be provided for all. Located at 8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5, All Set is within walking distance from our preferred hotel, the DoubleTree Silver Spring Washington DC North.

Road Trip Dinner (Optional)

Stick around and have dinner with your fellow Road Trip attendees or go off and connect one-on-one. Dinner is optional and not included with registration.

NOVEMBER 16 | 8:00 AM TO 3 PM
Departure from the DoubleTree

The Alliance will provide shuttle service for the day for all Road Trip attendees. Snacks will be provided, but be sure to grab coffee and breakfast before we take off. By 8:15 am, we'll depart from the DoubleTree Silver Spring Washington DC North, located at 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring.


We'll spend the morning at Home Innovation Research Labs. Will start things off with an overview of their capabilities and approach to innovation, before we tour the facility and see some of the research projects they have in process. Then, we'll sit down for Q+A and launch into a panel discussion focused on new policies, government initiatives, and changes in the legislative landscape and the opportunities they present in housing. The panel will share their thoughts, and we'll open up the discussion to incorporate ideas + questions from attendees. We'll finish the morning off with an early lunch.

Host + Speakers

  • Michael Luzier, President + CEO, Home Innovation Research Labs
  • Jim Tobin, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, NAHB
  • Michael Parr, Senior Advisor, HillStaffer
  • Mike Kelley, Director, BPC Action
Networking Lunch


  • Liangbing (Bing) Hu, Director, Center for Materials Innovation, University of Maryland

We'll head off to University of Maryland to focus more deeply on opportunities in product + material technology with experts from their School of Engineering, discussing innovations the team is working on that will impact homebuilding products and home construction. One such example is InventWood, a startup born out of this department’s breakthrough developments with wood materials, including MettleWood (increased density + super strength), Insulating Wood (thermal insulator + impact absorber), and Transparent Wood (clear, strong, + insulative).