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Philadelphia's Stylish 'Thin Flats' Is First Duplex to Receive LEED Homes Platinum
The development had to pack a pretty big punch to achieve its LEED Platinum rating. The design starts with an efficient shell made from low-impact framing materials and filled with closed-cell expanding foam. The façade is placed over the shell to provide a kind of mini veranda. Natural daylighting is ever present, and an upper skylight provides ambient light which penetrates through the stairwell’s translucent floor to the levels below.
Below the flooring is a hydronic heating system is supplemented with a solar thermal. In fact each unit’s system – from lights to HVAC to entertainment – is centrally controlled. The result is a 50% reduction in energy cost as compared to homes built to the standard code.
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