Over a year ago, we told you about plans to build the first truly net zero homes in Philadelphia on the site of an old seafood warehouse in Northern Liberties. Passing by the corner of 4th & Brown the other day, we noticed that the project appears to now be moving forward, with framing underway for the first two homes.

In the past

Current view

Coming soon

With solar heating, geothermal power, and tight envelopes, the eventual five houses will strive to create as much energy as they use, drawing nothing off the grid. With construction costs supposedly only a touch higher than standard projects, we hope this development achieves tremendous success and inspires other builders to use a similar approach. We’ll keep an eye on Foundry Court and update you as things move further along.