2019 New Gravity Housing Conference Tours

This year's New Gravity Housing Conference will feature three exciting tours. Each tour is capped at 25 attendees and is first come, first served (registration required). Visit the registration table on August 1st and 2nd to  sign up and reserve your seat. 

All three tours will happen simultaneously on Friday, August 2nd, so you can only select one in which to participate. Attendees will also be responsible for transporting themselves to the tour location by the 2:00 pm start. 

Check out the tours below! 

Bank Flats: 28-unit net positive and affordable experiment on the fringes

An edgy site adjacent to the El - between abandoned buildings, in the middle of Kensington - this 28-unit project features a 176kW PV array and is designed to generate more energy than the building needs. It will also house the offices of Onion Flats and is their most recent multi family project. 

Tour Guide | Tim McDonald, Onion Flats

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Oxford Green: A case study in affordability and efficiency

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia is currently constructing 20 row homes in the Sharswood community that will be affordable homeownership units for households between 30 - 60 percent of Area Median Income (AMI). The first new construction affordable units in the community in over a decade, they represent a paradigm shift for Habitat Philadelphia in scale and approach to projects. Efficiency - both energy and construction - was essential to the project’s design strategies. From an efficiency standpoint, the project focused on building envelope and stormwater management as a response to construction materiality, city regulations, and homeowner affordability.

The tour will include walk-throughs of units at different stages of construction to show the techniques utilized to meet efficiency goals. We will discuss the role of the architect, civil engineer, green roof designer, energy rater, an owner to address coordination amongst the team, and how design decisions impacted schedule and construction methods in the field. Oxford Green serves as a case study to highlight how design considerations and efficiency planning can streamline construction processes and lead to a quality, affordable product, and forward Habitat’s vision of Philadelphia where everyone lives in safe and affordable homes. 

Tour Guide | Neil Goldman, Habitat for Humanity

Solving for ZERO: Senior housing edition

Westville Senior Housing has been designed and built with the annual goal of Net-Zero. Using PHIUS+2015 as a guide to load reduction, a team of RPM Development, Inglese Architecture and Engineering, and MaGrann Associates set out to design a LIHTC project of 64 units that produced more kWh per year than it consumed. A high efficiency envelope, VRF central heating and cooling, “neighborhood” heat pump water heaters and individual HRVs draw on known strategies to reduce consumption below the projected production of the area available for PV panels on the roof and a parking canopy. Jon will share legal, incentive, design, and construction team successes and struggles throughout the process.

Tour Guide | Jon Jensen, MaGrann Associates 

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Currently LEED v4 Platinum, Zero-Energy Ready, Indoor airPLUS and Energy Star certified with PHIUS+2015 Source Zero certification pending.

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