Philadelphian Condo Featured in The Inquirer

Apr 23, 2015

The Philadelphian Condo Association, located in the Art Museum area of Center City Philadelphia, was featured on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 for its project to install a green roof. The project not only helps the condo building further its already extensive sustainability efforts, it also helps manage the city's storm water. Green roofs have other benefits too, including an effect on heating and cooling costs. The Philadelphian, a CAI Gold Star Community, was profiled in the November-December issue of Community Assets magazine.

According to the article, the city's new storm water billing structure is an incentive to reduce the amount of impervious surface for a building, including high rises with large roof areas. In addition, Philadelphia's City Council doubled a tax credit for green roofs earlier this year. The green roof at The Philadelphian is being installed by CAI member company Zinco-USA.

Adding a green roof also makes economic sense for the condo association, according to this excerpt from the article:

"The roof's supporters pushed the value of adding to the building's reputation as a progressive and green building overall, said Joan Batory, who chairs the condo's green committee. "This is marketability we're talking about," she said. "Marketability equals money."

Joan Batory was the recipient of CAI's Community Association Volunteer of the Year Award in 2012 and serves as chairwoman of the Philadelphia Green Condo/Co-op Initiative, which co-hosts the Philadelphia Condo Congress each year with CAI and the Greater Philadelphia Condo Managers Association. This year's Condo Congress, which focuses mainly on sustainability issues for condominium buildings in Philadelphia, will be held at the Friends Center in Philadelphia on October 15, 2015.

 Read the full Inquirer article at this link

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