Saint-Gobain, YouthBuild Complete First LEED Platinum Renovation Project in Philadelphia

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor A team of YouthBuild Philadelphia students and volunteers from the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation completed the renovation in Germantown, the first project of a three-year national partnership that provides professional development opportunities for out-of-school young adults. The project, which envisioned a thorough rehab of 4620 Greene Street to achieve U.S. Green [...]

A team of YouthBuild Philadelphia students and volunteers from the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation completed the renovation in Germantown, the first project of a three-year national partnership that provides professional development opportunities for out-of-school young adults.

The project, which envisioned a thorough rehab of 4620 Greene Street to achieve U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification, was awarded nearly $25,000 in energy-efficient building products by the Saint-Gobain group of companies. Additionally, the team spent nearly 500 hours to meet the agreed completion date and LEED certification under direct counseling from industry-leading building specialists. The decrepit Germantown house was transformed into a model of affordable and sustainable urban living in less than 18 months and was inaugurated with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

According to World Interior Design Network, the renovation materials included a hybrid insulation system consisting of CertaSpray Closed Cell Foam and OPTIMA Blow-in Insulation System provided by CertainTeed, Saint-Gobain’s building materials division. Other products included granite engineered stone countertops from Saint-Gobain, which have the highest post-consumer recycled content (almost 85 percent), and Flintlastic GTA CoolStar and Roofing Insulation from CertainTeed, which are used to cool the roof with reflective surface technology to save energy. The house will be sold to a low- or moderate-income family designated by Philadelphia Housing Services and the Philadelphia Housing Authority. The new owner will be able to obtain additional income by renting the second portion of the home.

The Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation’s goal is to help educate future generations about sustainable building and environmental preservation through its own example. Through the YouthBuild partnership, a national green job training and education program, the group of companies has donated $550,000 for community, construction and sustainable development.

Image courtesy of YouthBuild Philadelphia