is a first for Philly Urban Living, but one of our regular readers
contacted me and volunteered to write a guest post for this Blog.
Needless to say, I gladly accepted. Not only is it great to hear from
regular readers, but itâ€™s even more encouraging to hear from one who
wants to contribute.
Crawford is a recent graduate of Murray State University with a degree
in Creative Writing. Having an interest in green/sustainable development
around Temple University, she decided to focus her efforts there. If
you like what you see, please comment below and tell Emma to come back
for another post!
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With more students enrolling in Temple University
every year, a population boom has occurred in the surrounding area
causing tremendous growth. Such growth is seen as a positive for the
local economy. However, the additional construction to build new
apartment buildings catering to students had many concerned with a
potentially negative impact on the environment.
Thatâ€™s when The Modules
were thought up, a living space for 160 residents and what will soon be
the only environmentally friendly apartment building near the
university. The Modules are water efficient, prevent ground water
pollution, and help to reduce the energy waste by recycling conditioned
air within the building.
They have been given that name because they were constructed using a
modular design. These modules, or blocks, were built off-site, allowing
the construction of even more environmentally friendly materials and
less waste. Any waste produced was recycled into new building materials
for additional sustainability.
In addition to the environmental sustainability
of The Modules, the apartments themselves are affordable for students.
Many students who have taken up residence in The Modules have commented
that it's the price and convenience of the building that attracted them,
not the eco-friendly nature of the building. Students have said to be
remarking that The Modules are so close to Temple University that it
feels safer walking home at night. One student stated that her rent was
comparable to other Philadelphia apartments in the area and that the energy saving aspects of The Modules was an added bonus.Â
Modules makes use of a unique energy preservation design that recycles
treated air within the building. As one resident turns down the heat,
the already heated air is redirected to another unit where a resident is
turning up the heat, reducing additional burned energy. The roof of The
Modules will also have a green meadow, allowing residents to sit and
relax on lawn chairs while enjoying a clear view of the skyline and
the construction process, state-of-the-art energy saving techniques and
use of water conservation helped earn The Modules a sustainability
award. The US Green Building Council awarded a Gold standard for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) to the developers and designers of the first environmentally friendly and sustainable building in the Temple University area.