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. This work includes developing educational opportunities around resiliency and above code standards. 

We are excited to be continuing our work with Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) to coordinate community climate resilience workshops after our first successful event in 2018. Workshops gather urban planners, project managers, developers, community groups, and interested community members to discuss how climate change is impacting Philadelphia communities and what can be done to address impacts at the local level. 

Future workshops will be posted on our events page, and you can read more about last year's workshop below. 

Demonstration Project

The intent of the Demonstration Project, which began in 2018, has been two-fold: to 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 have learned about opportunities to rethink how we design and build using above code standards as a guide for future development.  

The Passive House and Living Building Challenge studies have run on parallel tracks with several strategic collaborative sessions. The resulting study will provide two detailed reports, scheduled for release in 2019. Learn more and participate! 

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. 

Legacy Partners

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