James W. Rouse, chairman of the Rouse Co. and the leading figure in the development of the 11-year-old new town of Columbia, Md., will talk about the social responsibilities of the housing industry at the Thursday evening meeting of the Institute of Real Estate Management at the Golden Ox restaurant. Rouse is a major supporter of Jubilee Housing Inc., a nonprofit firm that rehabilitates low-income housing in the Adams-Morgan area.

Rep. Newton I. Steers (R-Md.) will talk about the proposed tax on commuters to the District, rent controls and federal tax reform at the Monday luncheon meeting of the Apartment and Office Building Association at the Hyatt Regency.

The D.C. Builders Association will meet Tuesday evening at the Touchdown Club. Member-developer Theodore Hagans will moderate a panel including top representatives of area gas, electric and telephone companies.

North American Solar Development Corp. will hold seminars on sub-ambient solar heat plump uses June 8, 9 and 10 at the Shoreham Americana. The fee is $15 and registration is limited to persons with a knowledge of fluide mechanics and refrigeration. For information call 804-985-7907.

A seminar of buying and fixing up old houses will begin Wednesday at the Marriott Key Bridge under the sponsorship of Home-Tech Systems. Registration information on the four-session seminar is available by calling 657-3133.