Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2011 - (Page 22)

Image courtesy of Mariko Reed THIN FLATS THE FIRST PLATINUM-CERTIFIED DUPLEX UNDER THE USGBC’S LEED FOR HOMES PROGRAM, RESIDENTS OF THIS PHILADELPHIA’S NORTHERN LIBERTIES NEIGHBORHOOD ENJOY AN OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM WHILE KNOWING THEIR HOME IS ALSO A MODEL OF MODERN, INTEGRATED SUSTAINABLE DESIGN By Howard B. Steinberg O 22 ver the last decade, Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood has been in a state of transformation becoming one of the City’s most vibrant communities with the development of new residential and retail projects, parks and community gardens. Merging this trend with the City’s ever expanding focus on sustainability through its newly created Green Works Plan (a comprehensive sustainability roadmap strategy addressing energy, environment, equity, economy and engagement), and the Philadelphia Water Department’s leadership in emerging stormwater management practice guidelines, new incentives and efforts in LIVING ARCHITECTURE MONITOR SUMMER 2011 the public sector continue to be generated to encourage implementation of more sustainable building practices within the City. One of the leading private development efforts has been Onion Flats, a Philadelphia-based development, design-build collective, which has taken on sustainability as an inherent language within their practice. Since 1997, well before the City or the U.S. Green Building Council honed its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, Onion Flats had been developing urban infill projects which repeatedly prove its mantra that energy efficiency, sustainable building practices and quality design need not cost any more than comparable projects that ignore these

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2011

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2011
Water Worries
Cities Re-Imagined
Design Strategies for Wild Bees
Special Section: Cities Alive 2011 Conference Guide
Thin Flats
Sky Island at the Visionaire
Welcome New Members
New Corporate Members
Professional Calendar
Seven-Year Pitch

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2011