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South Philadelphia News and Updates – 1.7.13

South Philadelphia News and UpdatesSouth Philadelphia News and Updates – 1.7.13

Columbus Square  Upcoming Program Reminders

Zumba Class – Mondays – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
$6 per class or $25 for five classes.

Yoga Class – Tuesdays – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
$6 per class or $25 for five classes.

Meredith Elementary School Auction

The Meredith Auction is taking place on Saturday, March 2nd.  Ticket sales begin on January 7th for this annual event.  Tickets include dinner, open bar and entertainment by DJ Johnny Looch!  Check out the Auction Website  for more details.  Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.  Purchase your tickets by January 31st and receive 5 iPad raffle tickets with each purchase.  Mark your calendars for a fabulous Mardi Gras night on Saturday, March 2nd which will include a silent and live auction.  There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for parents interested in helping.  If you would like to donate or solicit an auction item, please use this auction donation form.  Please contact Donielle at doniellecal@comcast.net and Rebecca at rmakuen@yahoo.com to get involved and help make this event a success.

Gayborhood Event Promoters Workshop

Join a panel of professional promoters share their experainced, tips and tricks of the trade to help you become a better promoter. Workshop will include a panel presentation, Q/A, group discussion and lunch. Duration is approximently bout three hours plus time to network with other promoters. Event includes lunch thanks to Wolf Street Catering. Reserve Tickets online – HERE.

Presenters include:

– Bruce Yelk – NightLifeGay
– Amber Hikes – Stimulus
– Gage  – Twisted Life
– Steve McCann – PhillyGayCalendar

Moderated by Rudy Flesher.

Abandoned Bike Removal/Re-Use:

Abandoned Bikes can be reported using this GOOGLE DOC link.  You can also use 311 to report abandoned bikes to the City of Philadelphia according to this recent announcement. For more information, email Andrew Levitt at levitt.andrew@gmail.com coordinating this effort with the Bicycle Coalition and City.

Captain Ryan’s Monthly Community Meeting

Tuesday Janaury 8th at 6PM. – 3rd District Roll Call Room, 11th & Wharton Street.

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Bella Vista To Get First Passive House

Passive.

This word means many things to many people in a myriad of contexts. In the context of real estate and architecture, it has the ability to easily confuse. However, it is important for us to clear the air because passive building is about to be the trend everyone is talking about.  There are currently only a handful of properties in Philadelphia that represent this foreign and rare form of design. The newest plan for Pemberton Street in Philadelphia was just approved by the Bella Vista Zoning Committee last night. Live Love Philly talked about passive construction with Laura Blau of BluPath Design and GreenSteps Consulting who is handling the Pemberton project.

Passive Construction

Above: Original plan for Pemberton that has been modified.

For nearly a decade, Laura Blau and Paul Thompson have worked together at BluPath Design to design simple, elegant and environmentally sensitive spaces. After meeting their clients for Pemberton Street through the Meredith School Silent Auction, they started working towards designing this new residential property to passive construction speciifications. What does that mean? The following is information Ms. Blau provided Live Love Philly.

PASSIVE HOUSE CONCEPTS

Passive House buildings, residential or commercial, meet a rigorous energy standard developed in Europe. They are extremely energy-efficient and comfortable, with excellent indoor air quality. They are also better built and more durable, with lower utility costs than most buildings. The Passive House concept slashes heating consumption of buildings by up to 90%. There are over 40,000 Passive Houses worldwide as of 2012. Passive House buildings use the following strategies:

SUPERINSULATED WALLS: In a Passive House, the entire envelope of the building- walls, roof and floor or basement- is super-insulated, depending on the climate and project size. Insulation varies from 6” for California to 16” for Minnesota.

NO THERMAL BRIDGES: Heat flows out of a building on the path of least resistance, through a building element that conducts heat efficiently- a ‘thermal’ bridge. PH construction minimizes or eliminates thermal bridges.

AIRTIGHT CONSTRUCTION: Airtight construction reduces or eliminates drafts and heat loss through exfiltration and infiltration, reducing the need for space conditioning. The airtightness of a building is measured with a ‘blower door’ test. PH construction is very ‘tight’, and is confirmed by multiple blower-door tests during and after construction.

ENERGY RECOVERY VENTILATION: A house and its occupants need to breathe. The ventilator provides a constant supply of fresh air while conserving most of the energy already used to condition the building by using a balanced air-to-air energy recovery system. PH buildings have excellent indoor air quality, whether you open the windows or not.

HIGH-PERFORMANCE WINDOWS AND DOORS: Passive House windows and doors are chosen based on the transmission values of both frame and glazing. PH windows, usually triple pane, are 5+times more efficient than typical windows. Typical windows have a thermal resistance value equivalent to R2, EnergyStar windows may be as much as R3.5 whereas PH windows are R5 to R13 and perform more like a standard building wall. No more drafty windows or leaky doors!

PASSIVE SOLAR DESIGN AND INTERNAL HEAT GAINS: Passive House designs utilize well-known and proven passive solar design principles- building orientation, window size, type and location, sunshading- to manage energy gains and losses. Because of the exceptionally low levels of heat loss from the building envelope, heat generated by appliances, electronic equipment, lighting and people are a significantly source of heat in a Passive House building.

PASSIVE HOUSE PLANNING PACKAGE: Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) is a proprietary energy-modeling tool that helps the designer integrate each of the building elements so the final design will meet the Passive House standard. It has a proven accurate track record.

PASSIVE HOUSE STANDARDS

Passive House standards are met when:

  • Space heating and cooling requirements are less than or equal to 4.75kBtu/ft 2 /yr for new construction and 8.0kBtu/ft2/yr for retrofit. [US commercial building average is 33.00kBtu/ft2/yr, from US EIA 2003 Commercial Buildings Survey]
  • Total primary energy use of the design is less than or equal to 38.1kBtu/ft 2 /yr (120kWh/m2a)
  • Airtightness of the building is verified to be at or below 0.6ACH @50Pa, 1.0ACH@50Pa for retrofit.

(ACH = air changes per hour, Pa = Pascals, unit of pressure).

So why passive? A passive building achieves overall energy savings of 60-70% and 90% of space heating without applying expensive actives technologies. Energy losses are minimized, and gains are maximized. The heat/energy recovery ventilator helps keep energy that has already been generated in the house instead of venting it out. Pemberton Street in Bella Vista is trail blazing the way for more properties to be built that exhibit this extraordinary energy efficiency.  Passive is in.

For more information, feel free to contact Laura and Paul of BluPath at 267.519.3564 or at info@blupath.us.

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New Philadelphia Price Changes – 2.5.13 – (Pennsport, Queen Village, Society Hill)

New Philadelphia Price ChangesHere below are all new Philadelphia price changes updated to the MLS for the past seven days. Zip codes focused on are 19106, 19107, 19147, and 19148. If you have any questions or comments about the information listed below, please feel free to call Larry Levin at 267.808.6565.

(source: TREND MLS; Courtesy of Larry Levin)

Address

Price

Beds

Baths

Zip

Bella Vista

813 Kater St A

$265,000

2

1

19147

East Passyunk Crossing

 

1011 McKean St

$199,900

3

1.1

19148

1028 Mercy St

$214,900

3

1.1

19148

Italian Market

1209 S Marshall St

$144,900

2

1

19147

Old City

114 Quarry St 1D

$219,000

1

1

19106

134 Elfreths Aly

$485,000

3

2

19106

201 N 8th St 502

$250,000

1

1

19106

205-15 Cuthbert St 201

$349,000

1

1

19106

306-08 Cherry St 3

$299,999

2

1

19106

Passyunk Square

 

1232 Latona St

$254,900

2

1.1

19147

1901 S Camac St

$249,000

2

1.1

19148

Pennsport

122 Fernon St

$269,900

2

1

19148

135 Ellsworth St

$499,900

3

2.1

19147

1406 S 7th St

$129,000

4

1.1

19147

229 Tasker St

$219,950

2

1

19148

Queen Village

133 Queen St

$409,900

2

2

19147

136 Carpenter St B

$180,000

1

1.1

19147

229 Fulton St D

$315,000

2

2

19147

Society Hill

2 Willings Alley Mews

$539,000

2

2.1

19106

400-416 S 2nd St 410B

$300,000

2

1

19147

512 S 3rd St 4

$1,324,900

3

3.1

19147

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News in the Neighborhood – Society Hill

Society Hill NewsNews and Upcoming Events for Society Hill

Street Tree Applications for Fall 2013

In the middle of winter the neighborhood looks bare, but it’s time to think of spring and planting trees! The volunteers of Society Hill Tree Tenders will soon start accepting applications for free street trees to be planted next fall. If there’s space in front of your property, please consider the benefits that a tree provides: Beautification, increased property value, lower energy bills, carbon sequestration, songbird habitat, reductions in storm water runoff, ground-level ozone, and crime. Would you like to have a tree planted? Convince your neighbors to plant trees? Help plant a tree yourself? Please contact Society Hill Tree Tender Coordinator Laura Lane at laura_lane_devoe@yahoo.com. After February 16, the contact is Mike Novak at TreeTenderMike@gmail.com.

Native Plants for Urban Spaces             
February 9, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Fairmount Park Horticultural Center N. Horticultural and Montgomery Drive
$10.00 Registration fee

What do the Japanese honeysuckle, lonicera japonica, and Butterfly bush, buddleja lindleyana have in common? Kristen Lacey, a Penn State Philadelphia Master Gardener, will show you how to improve your gardens ecosystem by planting native trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials. This class will cover “right plant, right place”, how to attract beneficial wildlife to your garden and urban appropriate alternatives to invasive plants. Visit their blog!

Preservation Alliance Names New Executive Director

The Preservation Alliance is pleased to announce that Caroline E. Boyce will assume leadership of the organization in March. Caroline is a skilled executive, preservationist and development professional with a background in planning. Since 2002, she has been serving as Executive Vice President of AIA Pennsylvania, a Society of the American Institute of Architects, where she spearheaded the growth of the organization into a nationally recognized public policy leader. She comes to the Alliance with a reputation for strong financial leadership and organizational ability. She is also recognized for her successes in nurturing partnerships and coalitions. Prior to AIA PA, Caroline was a founding director of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania and directed the Office of Statewide Partnerships at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was also Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania for five years. Caroline holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MA in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University.

Green City, Clean Waters
Wednesday, February 13, from 6pm – 7:00pm
Municipal Services Building (MSB), 16th Floor, Room Y.

This is a great opportunity to learn all about Green City, Clean Waters  including information on how you can provide input on potential green storm water infrastructure projects in your neighborhood by filling out their Community Input Form. Please RSVP by February 11 here . Proper photo I.D. is required to enter the MSB. For further info contact Jeanne Waldowski of Public Affairs at (215) 685-4945 or by email at jeanne.waldowski@phila.gov.

Tugboats: The Art of Dave Boone Exhibit @ The Independence Seaport Museum

The Seaport Museum will debut the newest Community Gallery exhibition, “Tugboats: The Art of Dave Boone” on Friday, February 22. In this exhibition, visitors will be taken through the journey of one man’s lifelong love of tugboats. Dave Boone has built two careers from a single formative experience when he was just a boy. His dream of what-to-become-when-he-grew-up far exceeded his expectations.

*courtesy of Society Hill Civil Association

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