At Habitat Philadelphia, we build homes that are not only affordable, but sustainable as well.
Habitat Philadelphia builds to high energy efficiency standards both in rehabbed homes and new construction homes. We focus on rehabbing and building Philadelphia-style rowhomes, which have proven themselves to be an energy efficient design throughout time. The efficiency, beauty, and architectural design of 100+ years are preserved through the rehab process, and utilizing the current housing stock means that we can keep valuable construction materials out of the landfill. While building new row homes ensures that we are maintaining the urban fabric of Philadelphia and utilizing the time tested precedent of the rowhouse.
In 2009, we completed seven homes on Stiles Street in West Philadelphia that were certified as LEED Silver. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a national program to provide independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Click here to learn more about LEED for Homes.
Since then Habitat Philadelphia has made a commitment to energy efficiency and design. We believe that energy efficiency and green design can provide not only affordable homes to purchase, but homes that are affordable to maintain. Some of our standard construction techniques can be seen below:
Green design, sustainability, and affordability demand that environmental, economic, and social conditions are equally recognized and integrated. These triple bottom line conditions are inherent in Habitat Philadelphia’s mission as we build houses, build hope, and build Philadelphia.
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Greenbuild International Conference 2013
In 2013, Philadelphia will host the 11th annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Green building professionals from around the world will convene in Philadelphia to share the latest developments in energy-efficient technology and design. From researchers who are pushing the envelope in rethinking how we build, to non-profits like Habitat Philadelphia who put those ideas to use in service to the community, the Greenbuild International Conference brings the industry's very best to our city in 2013.
To celebrate the conference, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) has challenged thousands of companies and organizations in the city to showcase our collective dedication to making Philadelphia one of the greenest cities in the country. Habitat Philadelphia has pledged to build to LEED-Silver standards on all new construction projects by 2013, underscoring our commitment to sustainability.