Advancing Green Building: A Policy Framework for Philadelphia’s Built Environment
Exceeding Intent: A precedent library of exemplary green stormwater infrastructure projects
After a series of external stakeholder meetings, DVGBC published a series of recommendations for the City of Philadelphia to improve building performance, update standards, and encourage innovations in the built environment. DVGBC intends to work in tandem with the mayoral administration, city council, and other stakeholders to achieve the outlined proposals and to complement these legislative efforts with DVGBC’s educational and program offerings.
The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia’s (SBN) GSI Partners and the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC), with a team of leading industry professionals, have developed the following precedent library of exemplary GSI designs, systems, and approaches to inform the approval of more green and innovative stormwater management projects in Philadelphia. With greater understanding of how GSI performs, performance metrics and calculation methods can be updated, designs can continue to improve, and there can be more comfort and confidence from the development community that GSI is an effective and affordable way to meet city regulations.
The precedent library is a collection of highly effective GSI projects from urban areas across the country that have been selected for their ability to demonstrate the dynamic performance capacity of different types and classes of GSI practices, and their application at a range of project types and scales. Case studies discuss the degree to which these projects are exceeding their intents - environmentally, economically, and/or socially. This collection of case studies is complimented by peer-reviewed research that further defends the degree to which GSI performs.
This library will be used to support the successful implementation of Green City, Clean Waters and to increase the industry’s collective knowledge on the performance of GSI.