JBJ Soul Homes Earns US EPA Energy Star (First in Pennsylvania)

Posted on: November 5th, 2014 by Jeffrey Miller No Comments

11.05.14 – JBJ Soul Homes (JBJ), a four-story, mixed use, supportive housing facility operated by Project HOME in the Francisville neighborhood of Philadelphia, was recently designated as an Energy Star Multifamily High Rise building by the US Environmental Protection Agency—the first of its kind in the state of Pennsylvania, and only the 76th project to be certified nationwide. The facility offers a total of fifty-five studio and one-bedroom apartment units dedicated to homeless adults making the transition from the streets to more permanent housing solutions. In addition, the building provides a variety of other residential amenities, as well as supportive services, administrative offices for Project HOME, and ground-floor retail space.


To achieve Energy Star certification, a variety of energy-conscious features were designed into the program of the building. The wood-framed walls at JBJ have R-21 fiberglass batt insulation, and there are 4” of R-25 rigid polyisocyanurate insulation at the roof deck. Vinyl, double-paned, argon-filled windows reduce overall heat gain and energy loss, and the ductwork serving the apartment units, as well as the building envelope, were well-sealed in order to pass Energy Star testing standards. All apartments have in-unit forced air heating and cooling provided by Energy Star-certified condensing gas furnaces and split system air conditioning. Ventilation at the restrooms is provided by Energy Star-certified bathroom exhaust fans, which run at a continuous low-speed and can boost to higher speeds when occupied. Low flow faucets and shower heads simultaneously reduce overall water and energy consumption. Compact fluorescent lighting and Energy Star-certified refrigerators have been installed in each unit.


Outside of the individual apartments, occupancy sensors for lighting have been installed throughout the majority of the building’s common spaces, further reducing on-site electricity use. Additional green strategies utilized on the project include enhanced commissioning, a 5,000 square foot vegetated roof, a variety of recycled content materials, 90% diversion of construction waste from landfills, and power purchased from renewable resources. Energy modeling estimates for the JBJ Soul Homes facility project a 23% annual energy cost savings compared to baseline, minimum standards.

To read more about this project and to view photos, you can visit our JBJ Soul Homes page.

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