www.marejournal.com Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal — Green Buildings — October 26 - November 8, 2012 — 21A G reen B uildings F eaturing S ustainable D esign & C onstruction

The first LEED certified affordable housing development in Center City McConnon of Project H.O.M.E. accepts LEED Gold Award from DVGBC


HILADELPHIA, PA — Project H.O.M.E. co-founder and chief fi-

non‐potable use, and highly insulated walls to improve thermal performance. Connelly House—in part- nership with Bethesda Proj- ect—provides critically need- ed, affordable housing to formerly homeless men and women. It is named in honor of John F. and Josephine C. Connelly, the founders of the Connelly Foundation, who created the charity to promote public welfare. The eight-story building provides 79 units of permanent sup- portive housing. This development contrib-

utes to Project H.O.M.E.’s mission of ending homeless in Philadelphia and the organi- zation sees a commitment to environmental sustainability as an important piece of this mission. “Green practices are es- pecially important in those buildings that house vulner- able populations, such afford- able and homeless housing,” said Joseph Healy, chair- man of the DVGBC. “We are thrilled to recognize Project H.O.M.E for their no- table achievement in sustain- ability.” n

nancial officer Joan McCon- non accepted the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award on Oc- tober 11 at the organization’s Connelly House residence, the first LEED certified afford- able housing development in Center City. The award was presented by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council , the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. “We are very proud to be recognized for our work in environmental sustainability. We stand by our belief that everyone deserves a safe, healthy place to live,” said Joan Dawson McConnon of Project H.O.M.E. “We hope that this achieve- ment inspires others that green affordable housing is not only a possibility, but it is necessary for moving our city forward.” Opened in 2010, Connelly House received the Ameri- can Institute of Architects Philadelphia Community De- sign Award and was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council for being an environ- mentally‐friendly, sustainable building that includes a green roof, a rainwater collection system for irrigation and EDISON, NJ —The nation’s – and New Jersey’s building stock offers a wealth of poten- tial for energy savings through upgrades and retrofits, and thousands of jobs could be cre- ated in the process. New Jersey, with its high energy costs, could be a major beneficiary of the growing use of renew- able sources, but many of the state’s various programs are currently underutilized. Those were some of the key points offered by the experts at “Re- Energize Your Buildings,” a seminar presented by NAIOP NJ , the commercial real estate development association. Noting that New Jersey’s energy is the fourth most ex- pensive in the country, “we don’t generate enough power and have to import it,” said Brad Molotsky , executiveVP and general counsel for Bran- dywine Realty Trust. n NAIOP NJ holds seminar

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