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ULI/SA + LISC LUNCH & LEARN: Alternative Building Materials for Affordable Housing

March 26
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
San Antonio Area Foundation
303 Pearl Parkway , Suite 114
San Antonio, TX 78215 United States
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This ULI San Antonio and LISC Lunch & Learn will present a panel of experts in alternative building materials and methods discussing their work in building affordable and sustainable residential homes. This will include rammed earthen bricks, recycled plastic blocks, fly ash panels and modern modular homes systems.

Panelists will talk about:

  • the manufacturing processes
  • the testing process to pass inspection and receive city permits
  • the benefits of their materials
  • the cost and time it takes to construct their buildings.

Representatives from the development community and the City of San Antonio Development Services and will also present their opinions and concerns to the panelists. All panel members will reply to questions from the audience at the end.


David Komet, CEO / Alternivest Investment & Development / Urban Earth
Urban Earth is a design/build firm with expertise in earthen construction techniques, which has delivered two multi family earthen building projects in San Antonio. Urban Earth is dedicated to the preservation of historic structures and the application of sustainable construction technologies in both residential and commercial buildings.

Heidi Kujawa, CEO / ByFusion
ByFusion is an innovative manufacturing company dedicated to disrupting the recycling industry by reshaping the future of plastics. ByFusion is committed to developing alternative solutions to address the affordable housing challenges with ByBlocks – an advanced building material made of discarded plastic that helps reduce our dependency on wood, cement and cinder blocks.

Mike Smith, USA Managing Director / Intelligent Building Systems International
IBSI, Inc. creates high performance engineered modular panels that incorporate easily constructed interlocking male & female joints creating seamless walls and floors. These hollow core panels are comprised of recycled fly ash and plastic waste products, wood and glass fibers, fire retardants, smoke preventative additives and other ingredients. These combine to create a very strong high performance sustainable panel suited to a wide range of applications for residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

Daniel Dunigan AICP, LEEDAP, Senior Project Manager at KRDB and ma modular
MA Modular designs and builds affordable, modern, green homes based on a system of prefabricated modular designs.  Semi-customized homes are designed for each client based on 10 base designs.  Homes can be completed in 180 days and arrive to the building site 80-90% finished. Home packages include plumbing, electrical and appliances. Complete home prices start at $140 sq / ft.


Development / Steve Yndo, CEO, Yndo Urban
City Regulations / Javier Castro, AIA, NCARB, Architect, Special Projects Team at City of San Antonio
Moderator / Leilah Powell, ‎Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation San Antonio


11:00am – Registration, Info Tables & Box Lunch
11:30am – Program Introduction & Panel Presentations
12:15pm – Response from Developer & City Regulator
12:25pm – Moderated Discussion
12:50pm – Audience Q&A


The Local Initiatives Support Corporation San Antonio collaborates with residents and partners to forge inclusive, resilient communities of opportunity by investing in housing, economic development and community infrastructure. LISC provides funding, technical assistance and best practices that reduce inequity, promote innovation and catalyzes community health by improving and increasing housing supply to break the cycle of poverty and create wealth in underinvested areas. Nationally, LISC helps community development organizations transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy, sustainable communities. Since 1980, LISC has raised and invested over $16 billion in low-income communities, leveraging another $48.5 billion from other sources.

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