Andrew Michler

Philadelphia's Stylish 'Thin Flats' Is First Duplex to Receive LEED Homes Platinum

by , 04/12/11

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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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2 Comments

  1. Chris Bemo August 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    There may be some validity however I’ll take hold opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like extra!

  2. marrow April 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    That used to be my neighborhood until I had to move out because of yuppies moving in and paying a fortune for places like the above. The neighborhood wasnt dated unless by dated you mean a lack of wealthy white folks moving and buying houses, driving rents sky high and forcing the working class out. You might call it revitalization I call it gentrification and unaffordable.

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