Bus Tour

2018 HPC National Conference Session

High Performance Homes in Philadelphia: Green Building Tour* (Pre-registration Required)

Monday, April 23
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Meet at 1st Floor Side Entrance (12th street between Market and Filbert)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

* The bus will depart from the Marriott at 1pm from the side lobby entrance. Due to limited bus space, pre-registration for the tour is required and will be capped at 50 participants. Conference registration also required.

This tour is currently full!

The City of Philadelphia has quietly been leading the way with a range of high performance firsts in the residential market. This tour will take participants on a circuit of as many as 5 diverse examples all within a 4 mile radius of the Center City conference hotel. Detailed commentary will be provided by two local green building experts intimately involved with these projects, and will provide an opportunity for guided walks and talks at many of the locations. We will also be joined by Hap Haven, who will lead a discussion on his remarkable green restoration of an abandoned 1865 carriage house that is his family home in northwest Philadelphia.

Paseo Verde, the hemisphere’s first LEED ND Platinum project includes a multi-bar midrise and townhomes, uses an envelope-first construction style that building scientists would be proud of, as well as a focus on indoor air quality, innovative approaches to green roof and blue roof integration for stormwater management, and photovoltaics to round out the package. Paseo Verde is an exciting transit and community centered, affordable/mixed income development that was awarded LEED Project of the Year in 2015.

Awesometown is a series of 14 infill town homes in Kensington that share a rear courtyard. Built with Passive House principles and an eye for high-end design at an affordable price, this public/private partnership development earned ENERGY STAR v3 and was the first LEED v4 Platinum project in Pennsylvania.

The Icehouse, built right next door to Awesometown, is an excellent example of a market rate condo project going green in the city. With clever amenities like a rooftop dog park, koi pond and rainwater capture for irrigation, it is easy for some to overlook the core of energy efficiency that helped all three phases achieve LEED Platinum.

Goldtex Apartments is an adaptive reuse of an industrial building that sat vacant for many years, until it was redeveloped by Post Brothers. The project included a completely new façade to wrap the building, while maintaining a few key features inside that offer a window into the project’s history. Goldtex achieved LEED Gold using the LEED NC rating system.

Anthony Wayne Senior Phase III is a Passive House Precertified project under construction in southwest Philadelphia. A part of the passive house revolution taking place in the state under the leadership of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), Anthony Wayne Senior is achieving PHIUS certification with a super envelope, triple pane windows, centralized high efficiency domestic water heating, and balanced, unitized ventilation via ERVs.

Learning Objectives:

Ben Adams

Vice President of Program Development
MaGrann Associates

Ben Adams is Vice President of Program Development at MaGrann Associates, where he leads program design and ongoing development for state and utility sponsored initiatives. Over more than 25 years, Ben's experience has included innovative approaches to a wide range of new construction, retrofit and low income programs.


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Jon Jensen

Sustainability Director
MaGrann Associates

Jon Jensen, Sustainability Director, serves as MaGrann Associates’ lead consultant to developers and homebuilders who want to build truly green homes. He guides clients through LEED for Homes, Green Communities, the National Green Building Standard and ENERGY STAR. Jon comes from a construction education background and thus, naturally explains the complex building science and construction process concepts that drive the requirements for these programs.


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Scott Kelly

Re:Vision Architecture

Beginning his career with historic preservation and adaptive re-use projects, Scott became acutely interested in the design elements and construction methods that cause buildings to endure and be more sustainable. Since founding Re:Vision in 2002, Scott has led Re:Vision’s interdisciplinary team in designing or consulting on hundreds of innovative green projects, many of which are “firsts” of their kind. Scott is a champion of green building standards and verifications, including LEED, Living Building, Net-Zero Energy, and PassiveHouse. Scott’s engaging and collaborative approach has inspired numerous others to incorporate green thinking into their buildings and lifestyles. Scott was longtime Chair of Philadelphia AIA Committee on the Environment, is Senior Fellow and Curriculum Advisor within Philadelphia University’s Masters in Sustainable Design program, and is a founding Board Member of Delaware Valley Green Building Council, now Green Building United.


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Hap Haven

A national leader in the field of Home Performance, Hap Haven has extensive experience in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. In the 1980s he pioneered the "home systems approach" toward energy education for the Energy House, his first of three Green Model Homes.

Hap is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) proctor and carries multiple certifications. Inducted into the BPI Hall of Fame in 2011, Hap has personally trained over 1,000 contractors for their BPI certifications.

Hap is an award-winning gardener and is actively involved in the community. This includes being the founder and past head of the Friends of Cloverly Park which has been named a “Philadelphia City Park of the Year” for ten consecutive years.


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