Department of Public Property

Green buildings

The City maintains a number of LEED and ENERGY STAR certified properties.

LEED

LEED logoLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification – projects earn points across categories including energy efficiency and air quality. In 2009, the City of Philadelphia passed Bill No. 080025 requiring new construction for City-owned buildings over 10,000 square feet get LEED-silver certification.


ENERGY STAR

Energy Star logoENERGY STAR® – the federally-backed certification for energy efficiency. A score of 75 or above indicates it is in the top 25 percent compared to other peer facilities nationally. Philadelphia requires energy benchmarking (Philadelphia Code section 9-3402) for buildings 50,000 square feet and larger using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.


Barry Playground

Barry Playground is the first Philadelphia Parks & Recreation building to achieve LEED certification. Located in South Philadelphia, this 2,700 square foot building includes a pool, playground, and field spaces. In 2015, this building underwent a major renovation. The project transformed a small building into a high-performance public amenity. Sustainability measures included:

  • A geothermal HVAC system that replaces baseboard heating and window AC units.
  • Improved insulation to conserve energy used for heating and cooling.
  • New lighting and occupancy sensors with high-efficiency fluorescent and LED light bulbs that shut off in empty rooms.
  • Full site stormwater infrastructure to capture roof rainwater and site run-off.
  • New restrooms that improve occupancy comfort.
  • Ceiling fans to improve airflow and increase the capacity to heat and cool the building.
  • New insulated windows to replace inoperable ones and increase insulation.

All improvements used non-toxic materials.

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The success of this pilot project encourages renovation projects across the city. It will also serve as an educational model for the surrounding community. Barry is the first city recreation site to attempt LEED certification.

To learn more about the Barry Playground’s sustainability measure, view the LEED scorecard.

Barry Recreation Center
LEED Gold 2018
1800 Bigler St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
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One Parkway

One Parkway Building is the first City-owned building to receive the ENERGY STAR® label. The building is 18 stories and 502,000 sq. feet. It houses many departments, including Sustainability. One Parkway participated in many projects to improve its energy efficiency. These included:

The building received an ENERGY STAR score of 76 in 2017.

Sustainability measures included:

  • Upgraded building control systems for increased energy efficiency.
  • Improved insulation and weatherization to conserve energy used for heating and cooling.
  • Improved lighting that replaces inefficient bulbs with CFLs, LEDs, T8s.
  • Water conservation measures like high-efficiency, low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators for lavatory and kitchen faucets.
  • Steam system insulation for increased efficiency of the heating system.
  • High-efficiency air filters and concourse VFDs that allow for variable speeds to reduce wasted energy.
  • Concourse area vestibule improvements that reduce the time automatic doors remain open, provide a tighter seal when closed, and offer updated safety controls.
One Parkway
ENERGY STAR® Certified 2017
1515 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Police Department Training Center

The Police Department Training Center centralizes the police force’s key units, including the:

  • Training and Education Services Bureau.
  • Advance Training Unit.
  • Standards and Accountability Bureau.

The new 78,000 square foot building received a LEED Silver certification in 2016.

Sustainability measures include:

  • New lighting and occupancy sensors with high-efficiency fluorescent and LED light bulbs that shut off in empty rooms.
  • Light pollution reduction measures such as guards on outdoor lights to prevent light pollution onto nearby neighborhoods.
  • Water efficient landscaping like porous pavement, sidewalks, and landscaping control rainwater runoff.
  • Innovative wastewater technologies like a rainwater retention basin, which prevents flooding by slowly releasing rainwater to the ground after a storm.
  • Upgraded building control systems to automate essential building functions, creating greater energy efficiency.

To learn more, view the LEED scorecard.

Police Department Training Center
LEED Silver 2016
2838 Woodhaven Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19136
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Police Tactical Training Facility

The Tactical Training Facility is the first City-owned building certified LEED Gold. Located on the Philadelphia Police Academy campus, it houses:

  • The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT).
  • Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU).
  • K-9 facilities.

It is also a regional hub for police and emergency response training. The 29,000 square foot building was constructed in 2012. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Sustainability measures include:

  • A geothermal HVAC system to reduce energy use.
  • New lighting and occupancy sensors with high-efficiency fluorescent and LED light bulbs that shut off in empty rooms.
  • Automated control systems that increase energy efficiency.
  • Stormwater management and filtration to collect runoff from rain and snow and disperse it into the ground water more slowly. This helps prevent citywide flooding.
  • Water use reduction measures like low-flow faucets and other fixtures installed in restrooms and kitchen areas.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations to allow for charging staff and personal vehicles.
  • Brownfield redevelopment for the former brownfield site where the training center is located.

The site also includes classrooms and other spaces that centralize training activities. This leads to improved and more efficient response and tactical training.

To learn more about this site’s sustainability measures, view the LEED scorecard.

Police Tactical Training Facility
LEED Gold 2013
8501 State St.
Philadelphia, PA 19136
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Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center

The Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center is certified LEED Silver 2013.

The Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center is a short-term residential detention center that offers a variety of programs and services to youth aged 13-20 including:

  • Education.
  • Social services.
  • Medical services.
  • Behavioral health services.
  • Recreational Programming.

The 160,000 square foot building located in West Philadelphia was constructed in 2013 and received the LEED Silver Award. The Center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Sustainability measures include:

  • Reflective solar roofing to prevent urban heat islands.
  • Stormwater management and native landscaping to prevent erosion.
  • Easy access to public transportation and bike routes to reduce automobile reliance and increase accessibility for employees and visitors.
  •  Locally obtained and low-emitting construction materials.
  • Water reduction measures through the installation of efficient, low-flow plumbing fixtures, which lead to a 30 percent decrease in water use.
  • Repurposing of a mature oak tree that was removed during construction for flooring in the Community Room.

To learn more about this site’s sustainability measures, view the LEED scorecard.

The Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center
LEED Silver 2013
91 N. 48 St.
Philadelphia, PA 19139
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Streets Department Training Center

The Streets Department Training Center is the first City-owned LEED certified building. The Center provides training facilities for commercial driving courses. The 2,900 square foot building was a built in 2012 and awarded LEED Silver. It’s recognized for designs that promote high indoor air quality.

Sustainability measures include:

  • Upgraded building control systems to automate essential building functions, creating greater energy efficiency.
  • New lighting and occupancy sensors with high-efficiency fluorescent and LED light bulbs that shut off in empty rooms.
  • A heat deflecting roof that uses reflective colors and a steep gradient to help prevent the heat island effect.
  • Water use reduction measures like low-flow faucets and other fixtures, which lead to a 45 percent decrease in water use.
  • Water efficient landscaping with downspouts that are directed to porous gravel around the building.
  • Daylighting to offer occupants access to daylight in 90 percent of the building space.
  • Low-emitting and non-toxic construction materials.
  • Increased ventilation for better air flow throughout the building.

To learn more about this project’s sustainability measures, view the LEED scorecard.

The Streets Department Training Center
LEED Silver 2012
8401 State St.
Philadelphia, PA 19136
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