Climate Resilient Communities

Green Building United's Climate Resilient Communities initiative seeks to address climate injustice by assisting communities at the neighborhood level through climate change knowledge exchange and action. 

Green Building United does this by addressing both the social and built environments because the effects of climate change and substandard housing disproportionately impact low-income communities. 

Demonstration Project 2018

The intent of the Demonstration Project is two-fold: establish the feasibility of renovating existing brick masonry rowhouses to the Passive House standard; and design infill affordable housing to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge. Using charrettes and workshops to engage with the design community, participants will learn about opportunities to rethink how we design and build using above code standards as a guide for future development.  

We invite you to participate!  Whether you are an urban planner, architect, contractor, homeowner, educator, developer, or just interested in deep green design - we welcome your unique presence! No experience with Passive House or Living Building Challenge required. These projects will both help you get up to speed and deepen your knowledge!

Exceeding Intent

In partnership with the Sustainable Business Network's GSI Partners, Green Building United published Exceeding Intent, a precedent library of exemplary green stormwater infrastructure designs, systems, and approaches.

The library is a tool to help inform the approval of additional vegetated and innovative stormwater management projects in Philadelphia and is a resource for developers, designers, engineers, elected officials, regulators, and the general public. 

Featured Events and News

New Gravity Housing Conference

star 7 AIA LU-HSWs and 7 PHIUS CPHC CEUs

Thu, 8/3/2017 - Fri, 8/4/2017 - 7:30am - 5:00pm

Temple University, Science Education and Research Center, 1925 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Community Climate Resilience Workshop

View presentation materials from the Community Climate Resilience Workshop jointly hosted by Green Building United and the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) in May 2018.

Legacy Partners

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