Building Greener: Temple I celebrates construction & LEED certification

Temple I | Image via 1260hdc.orgIn honor of the completion of the Temple 1 North 16th Street Project (featured in GRID Feb. '11, p.11), a project that has rehabilitated 58 housing units with a “green” hammer, a public ceremony will take place on June 14 to celebrate the end of construction and award a plaque for LEED® Gold certification. The units were rehabbed by the 1260 Housing Development Corporation, a non-profit on a mission to provide high-quality, affordable housing to low-income individuals.

Sustainable design elements include: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified lumber, no volatile organic compound-emitting adhesive materials, high efficiency plumbing fixtures, recycled content building materials and Energy Star mechanical systems. A white roof system helps reduce the “heat island” effect that often occurs in urban environments, especially the notoriously muggy Philadelphia.

During construction, all site work was conducted in a manner to minimize disturbance of any and all native vegetation and soil. Plus, a construction waste recycling program diverted 85 percent of the waste from landfills to recycling facilities!

Come out and celebrate this project’s hard work and receive a tour of the units at 10:00 on the on the 1700 Block of N. 16th Street in North Philadelphia. More information  here.