What we do

An interdisciplinary study, research, and information resource on housing

The Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR) 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 provides services to localities, the state, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses.


VCHR supports localities and organizations through data-driven analysis to help improve affordability.


VCHR collaborates with industry leaders to model the spread of new technologies and their implications for the economy.


VCHR supports sustainability by testing the performance of green construction and studying resident outcomes by home energy efficiency.


VCHR compiles and integrates public and proprietary data to help clients understand housing.

Recent News

VCHR Wins the ARES 2014 Best Paper for Sustainable Real Estate

Members of the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR) collaborated on a recent submission to the 2014 American Real Estate Society’s Conference in San Diego California.  Their paper titled “Complementarity: Evidence From US Home Builders’Green Technology Use 2000-2010″ won the conference’s best paper prize for the topic of Sustainable Real Estate which is sponsored by the NAIOP […]

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Appraising appraisals: New study released on remuneration for real estate appraisals in Virginia

Virginia Tech researchers and students conducted a survey of Virginia residential real estate appraisers to analyze the patterns of fees earned in 2013. Prior to the release of this report, no data existed that defined “customary and reasonable” residential real estate appraisal fees in Virginia. This report is the third report of its type to […]

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Non-traditional approaches in housing research

Non-traditional approaches in housing research: From nesting apes to neuroimaging Presented by Dr. Russell James

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