Green Building at Friends Center
Come inside to learn more.
(Inscription under the photo in the center left)
Interiors filled with daylight reduce electricity usage for lighting and increase workers’ sense of well being.
(Inscription under the photo in the lower left)
Rainwater from the meetinghouse roof is captured in cisterns and used to flush toilets in the office building reducing storm water runoff and reducing potable water usage.
(Inscription under the image in the lower center)
The building is heated and cooled without the use of fossil fuels, by using the earth’s mass as a heat sink. In summer excess heat drawn from the interior, put through the underground well, and absorbed by the earth. In the colder months the system works to compress the earth’s energy (heat) and release it inside the building. Seven wells, ranging from 650 to 1,500 feet deep are drilled in the sidewalk along 15th Street.
(Inscription under the image in the upper
Solar panels generate about 5% of Friends Center’s electricity and reduce summer peak loads.
(Inscription under the image in the lower right)
Vegetation planted on the roof of the office building captures rain water, cools the building in summer, and preserves the underlying roof. And it’s beautiful.
Location. 39° 57.341′ N, 75° 9.887′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Cherry Street. Touch for map. The marker is located at the entrance to the Friends Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia PA 19102, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quakers at Friends Center (here, next to this marker); American Friends Service Committee (a few steps from this marker); Civilian Public Service (within shouting distance of this marker); Green Spaces, Fresh Air (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Girl Scout Cookies (about 500 feet away); Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (about 500 feet away); Making The City Beautiful (about 600 feet away); Edmund N. Bacon (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 20, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.