Watch out, Portland: the Philadelphia Mayor’s Sustainability Office wants the City of Brotherly Love to become the greenest city in the nation. The city will be taking a step toward that goal this year with the completion of its first net zero townhouses, at 4th and Brown St. in Northern Liberties.
The Foundry Court project is under development by Nexus EnergyHomes, a Maryland-based homebuilder that claims to have developed a system for building green homes at rates competitive with conventionally built homes. The company cites its its complex construction process, based on proprietary designs, as well as its use of innovative materials and technologies in achieving this feat, which it arrived at after years of research and testing with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The Foundry Court development will consist of Nexus’s town homes boasting net-zero energy generation, as well as the company’s home energy management communication platform, NexusVision Smart System.
The development will encompass five lots, with all of the homes built to Emerald Certification standards, the highest green building certification offered by the NAHB, and designed by the local architects at FUSA Design.
As far as the overarching goals of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Sustainability Office — laid out in its Greenworks project — Nexus clearly wants to be help make it happen. Ann Ashley, Sr. Vice President for Nexus EnergyHomes said, in a statement, “We are well qualified to help Philadelphia achieve their goals for a revolutionary transformation towards a cleaner, greener lifestyle. Our high ferformance homes combine the best technologies available under one roof.” The company played a key part in Frederick, Maryland’s, Northpointe eco-community, so perhaps they can help Philly green its housing options as well.
The town homes will feature geothermal wells and solar power, as well as options such as a rooftop garden (including vegetables and artistic plantings) and rainwater harvesting.