Green Buildings

Municipal buildings that excel in energy efficiency and environmental conservation.

In 2009, the city of Philadelphia passed Bill No. 080025, requiring City-owned projects over 10,000 square feet to achieve LEED-silver certification. The ordinance applies to capital projects undertaken by all departments and agencies across the city, including PHL Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia Water Department, and the Department of Public Property. Projects that do not fit the criteria laid out in this legislation can choose to meet or exceed this standard. All City construction projects will be encouraged to consider energy efficiency during design initiation.



LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building rating system for all building, community, and home project types. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several categories, including energy use and air quality. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

 

ENERGY STAR®  is the federally-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions.  ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager normalizes energy usage data for building size, use, and weather. The program compares information to other similar buildings nationwide and calculates a 1-100 ENERGY STAR® score for their facility type.  A score of 75 or above indicates it is in the top 25 percent compared to other peer facilities in the US and can become ENERGY STAR® certified.

 

Barry Playground  

Barry Recreation Center

LEED Gold 2018

Barry Playground, located in South Philadelphia, is the first Philadelphia Parks & Recreation building to achieve the LEED certification and they went straight for Gold. This 2,700 square foot building which is situated on a full city block includes a pool, playground, and field spaces. In 2015, this building underwent a major renovation transforming a small building into a high-performance public amenity.

Sustainability measures include:

  • Geothermal HVAC system – to reduce energy use from heating and cooling of the building, a geothermal heat pump replaced  baseboard heating and window AC units
  • Improved insulation – the exterior envelope was outfitted with insulation to conserve energy used to heat and cool the building
  • New LED lighting and occupancy sensors – energy-efficient LED bulbs replaced incandescent bulbs and new sensors automate lighting, turning off when not in use
  • Full site stormwater infrastructure – a stormwater infiltration bed was installed to stormwater capture roof rainwater and site run-off from a largely paved site
  • New restrooms – new restrooms improve occupancy comfort
  • Ceiling fans – ceiling fans improve airflow and increase the capacity to heat and cool with building
  • New insulated windows – new windows replaced inoperable ones and increased insulation

And all improvements were finished with non-toxic materials.

The design for the building renovations was initiated by the Department of Public Property Capital Projects team and was coordinated with the Office of Sustainability and the Philadelphia Water Department’s Office of Watersheds. The full building renovation sets a new example for sustainable city building renovations and cross-departmental cooperation. The success of this pilot project will help to encourage similar renovation projects across the city and will serve as an educational model for the surrounding community. As the first city recreation site to attempt LEED certification, Barry exemplifies how a small urban building can contribute significantly to the neighborhood and its residents.

To learn more about the Barry Playground’s sustainability measure, view the LEED scorecard.

1800 Bigler St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

One Parkway Building


ENERGY STAR® Certified 2017

One Parkway Building is the first City-owned building to receive the ENERGY STAR® label. The 18-story, 502,000 square foot building houses municipal offices, including the Office of Sustainability. After major retrofits, through the Quadplex Guaranteed Energy Savings Project and the Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Fund (EESF) the building received an ENERGY STAR score of 76 in 2017.

Sustainability measures include:

  • Upgraded building control systems – Facilities managers can control and automate essential functions of the building for more efficient energy use
  • Improved insulation and weatherization– the exterior envelope was outfitted with insulation to conserve energy used to heat and cool the building
  • Improved lighting – replaced inefficient lighting with CFLs, LEDs, T8s
  • Water conservation – high-efficiency, low-flow plumbing fixtures were installed along with aerators for lavatory and kitchen faucets
  • Steam system insulation  increased efficiency of heating system
  • High-efficiency air filters and concourse VFDs  allows for variable speeds to reduce wasted energy
  • Concourse area vestibule improvements – reduced the time automatic doors remain open, provide a tighter seal when fully closed, and provide updated safety controls

On average, ENERGY STAR® certified buildings and facilities use 35 percent less energy, cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers—all without sacrifices in performance or comfort. 

1515 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Police Department Training Center


LEED Silver 2016

The Police Department Training Center in Northeast Philadelphia centralizes the police force’s key units, like the Training and Education Services Bureau, Advance Training Unit, and the Standards and Accountability Bureau. The new 78,000 square foot building received a LEED Silver certification in 2016.

Sustainability measures include:

  • Light pollution reduction – guards on outdoor lights prevent light pollution onto nearby neighborhoods
  • LED Lighting and occupancy sensors – all fixtures were installed with high-efficiency fluorescent and LED light bulbs with vacancy sensor controls
  • Water efficient landscaping – porous pavement, sidewalks, and landscaping control rainwater runoff
  • Innovative wastewater technologies – rainwater retention basin to slowly release rainwater to the ground after a storm
  • Upgraded building control systems – Facilities managers can control and automate essential functions of the building for more efficient energy use

To learn more about the Philadelphia Police Tactical Training Facility’s sustainability measure, view the LEED scorecard.

2838 Woodhaven Road
Philadelphia, PA 19136

Police Tactical Training Facility


LEED Gold 2013

The Tactical Training Facility, located on the Philadelphia Police Academy campus, is the first City-owned building to be certified LEED Gold. The 29,000 square foot building was constructed in 2012 to house the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) and K-9 facilities. It is also a regional hub for police and emergency response training. The a single-story, steel-frame structure with a masonry exterior finish operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Sustainability measures include:

  • Geothermal HVAC system – a geothermal heat pump was installed to reduce energy use from heating and cooling of the building
  • High efficiency lighting and occupancy sensors – all fixtures were installed with high efficiency fluorescent and LED light bulbs with vacancy sensor controls.
  • Automated control systems – facilities managers can control and automate essential mechanical and electrical functions of the building for more efficient energy use
  • Stormwater infrastructure – Extensive stormwater management and filtration were included in the new facility
  • Water use reduction – low flow faucets and other fixtures were built into restrooms and kitchen areas.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations  to allow for charging electric staff and personal vehicles
  • Brownfield redevelopment – the training center is located on a former brownfield site

In addition to the building features, the inclusion of common support functions, such as classroom space, briefing rooms, fitness facilities and locker rooms, enables effective consolidation of training activities at the Academy’s multi-acre campus. The cross-platform approach improves coordination among the different units and raises the standards of response and tactical training.

To learn more about the Philadelphia Police Tactical Training Facility’s sustainability measures, view the LEED scorecard.

8501 State Street
Philadelphia, PA 19136

Streets Department Training Center


LEED Silver 2012

The Streets Department Training Center is the first LEED certified building owned by the City of Philadelphia. It was constructed in 2012 to house training facilities for commercial driving courses. The 2,900 square foot building was awarded LEED Silver in 2012 and is recognized for its design for exceptional indoor environmental quality.

Sustainability measures include:

  • High-efficiency building control systems – Facilities managers can control and automate essential functions of the building for more efficient energy use
  • LED Lighting and occupancy sensors – all fixtures were installed with high-efficiency fluorescent and LED light bulbs with vacancy sensor controls.
  • A heat deflecting roof – the roof was designed to prevent the heat island effect through reflective colors and a steep gradient.
  • Water use reduction – low flow faucets and other fixtures were built into restrooms and kitchen areas, leading to a 45% decrease in water use.
  • Water efficient landscaping – downspouts are directed to porous gravel, encircling the perimeter of the building
  • Daylighting – for 90% of the building space, occupants have a view outside and benefit from daylight.
  • Low-emitting materials – for the construction of the building, all materials used were non-toxic.
  • Increased ventilation – better air flow throughout the building

To learn more about the Philadelphia Police Tactical Training Facility’s sustainability measure, view the LEED scorecard.

8401 State Street
Philadelphia, PA 19136

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