The Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research (VCHR), located in Blacksburg, is the official housing research center for the Commonwealth and is a college center in Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies. VCHR has a mission to serve as "an interdisciplinary study, research, and information resource on housing for the Commonwealth of Virginia." Accordingly, VCHR provides housing-related data services to localities and the Commonwealth, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses.
VCHR's recent focus is on sustainability and "green building" in addition to other research that impacts housing affordability. VCHR has published numerous reports on topics such as housing markets and affordability; preservation of federally-assisted, low-income housing; regulatory impacts on affordable housing; public-private housing partnerships; and diffusion of innovative housing technologies in residential construction.
The Center's director is Dr. Andrew P. McCoy, an assistant professor of Building Construction and adjunct professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Ms. Marilyn Cavell is Co-Director and oversees VCHR operations. Dr. Ted Koebel is a Senior Associate and consults on research development. Dr. Koebel is Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech.