A zero-carbon-footprint building celebrated for innovative ‘green’ upgrades earned Philadelphia’s first LEED Gold Certification for a residential high-rise.
Goldtex, a distinctive 13-story apartment community in Philadelphia, Pa., has received the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The recognition represents Philadelphia’s first and only LEED Gold certification for a residential high-rise building.
Once home to the Goldtex shoe factory, the reimagined Goldtex building is now home to the city’s most unique – and environmentally friendly – apartment community. In total, the zero-carbon-footprint redesign saves an estimated 15 million pounds of CO2 each year – the equivalent of the emissions from 1,200 motor vehicles.
Goldtex, along with the entirety of the property portfolio of its owner, Post Brothers, runs on 100 percent wind-generated power. Post Brothers is the largest residential landlord purchaser of wind-generated power in the region.
“It’s well known that buildings are collectively one of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gases worldwide. From the moment we set forth redevelopment plans for the Goldtex building, a keen attention to sustainability and energy efficiency was absolutely paramount to our strategy,” said Michael Pestronk, CEO and Cofounder of Post Brothers. “This recognition from the USGBC is a testament to the meticulous attention we paid to every component of Goldtex’ infrastructure to transform a once-outdated factory into one of the most environmentally advanced buildings anywhere in Philadelphia.”
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