You may remember, earlier this year we told you about Norris Apartments, a new PHA development near Temple University that had numerous green features. Today, we bring you Paschall Homes, a green PHA development that was completed about a year ago.
Norris Apartments back in February
Norris Apartments are LEED certified, with materials and design driving the eco-friendliness of the project. Paschall Homes, on the other hand, take a much more proactive approach to green building. These homes, located at 72nd and Paschall Ave., replaced old and worn low-rise PHA housing stock with new buildings that generate much of their own energy. Between geothermal heating and cooling, solar hot water, and solar panels, energy costs are reduced by 30% or more out of the gate for these homes. In addition, a rainwater harvesting/irrigation system makes sure that the open space remains cared for while reducing runoff. In fact, the site has about 92K sqft of pervious surfaces, which PHA declares an increase from the previous site by a factor of almost fifty.
Looking down the street
See the solar panels?
Recently, this project received the Bellamy Award for housing from the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (PAHRA). This award goes to one project from one housing authority each year, out of eighty-nine in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, PHA is seeking an Enterprise Green Communities Certification for this development.
View from Cobbs Creek Pkwy. Image from PHA
View of the development's common area. Image from PHA.
Kudos to PHA on a job very well done. Hopefully, all new PHA developments in the future will include features like those seen in Paschall Homes. Might we suggest a similar project on the 1300 block of Capitol Street? What do you say, Redevelopment Authority?