October Meeting – Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Programs and Incentives

This CSI Program will focus on PWD Programs, Incentives, Grants and City of Philadelphia Green Roof BIRT Tax Credits.

Green stormwater infrastructure includes a range of soil-water-plant systems that intercept stormwater, infiltrate a portion of it into the ground, evaporate a portion of it into the air, and in some cases release a portion of it slowly back into the sewer system.

Impervious surfaces, such as roadways and buildings, are characteristic of urbanized landscapes. As land development increases, it leads to replacement of pervious areas with impervious surfaces, causing an increase in stormwater runoff volume and combined sewer overflow (CSO) episodes. In turn, this affects Philadelphia’s watersheds by impairing water quality and degrading stream habitats. Our vision is to protect and enhance our watersheds by managing stormwater runoff with innovative green stormwater infrastructure throughout our City, maximizing economic, social, and environmental benefits for Philadelphia.

Integrating green stormwater infrastructure into a highly developed area such as Philadelphia requires a decentralized and creative approach to planning and design. Various tools can be implemented to accomplish this, including stormwater planters, rain gardens and green roofs. All of these tools help to reduce runoff volume and filter pollutants by intercepting stormwater runoff before it enters the City’s combined sewer system.

Erin Williams (2)

Erin Williams and Melissa Muroff, Esq.

Erin Williams manages the Stormwater Billing and Incentives Program under the Environmental Services Division of the Philadelphia Water Department. As director of this program, Erin oversees staff responsible for maintaining and enhancing a stormwater billing database, working with Philadelphia ratepayers, and administering and pushing for new incentives-based programs. PWD launched its first grant program, the Stormwater Management Incentives Program, for private property owners in 2012, and most recently rolled out the Greened Acre Retrofit Program. Both programs aim to generate greened acres and assist customers in receiving stormwater credits. Before taking over this program Erin reviewed stormwater management plans for private development. Erin received a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering in 2008 from Drexel University located in Philadelphia where she focused on water resources and urban hydrology. Melissa Muroff, Esq. is Vice President of Roofmeadow, an award-winning green roof civil engineering and design firm specializing in elegant and inventive designs. Roofmeadow’s multidisciplinary staff of landscape architects, civil engineers, horticulturalists and construction specialists works collaboratively – from concept design through long-term stewardship – to foster landscapes on structure that are designed to Engineered to Endure, Proven to Perform, and Guaranteed to Last.

October Meeting - Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Programs and Incentives

Date - 10/27/2014
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District

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November Meeting – High Performance Masonry: Meeting Insulation Choices, Options and Requirements for Masonry Buildings

Envelope performance continues to be a topic of importance for the designer looking to find the best methods to balance a building’s energy usage. As systems are analyzed to address the reduction of internal loads, the design of the building envelope should be incorporated as part of the building’s strategy for energy conservation. While there are many components impacting energy conservation in the envelope, it appears that insulation has moved to the center of the conversation. This seminar will focus on the connections between sustainability and high performance masonry walls, specifically looking at ASHRAE 90.1 and today’s insulation requirements for building envelopes. We will discuss how masonry MORE than meets industry standards as well as how thermal mass contributions from masonry help to enhance the whole building performance.

Roy Ingraffia

Roy is Director of Industry Development and Technical Services for the International Masonry Institute (IMI) and an Architectural Conservator with experience in both design and contracting capacities. His professional work has primarily focused on the preservation of historic masonry structures through research of traditional materials and methods and development of contemporary restoration techniques. In addition to his work with IMI, Roy teaches the Masonry Conservation Seminar within the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and serves on the board of the Architectural Specialty Group of AIC and the Association for Preservation Technology-DVC.

November Meeting - High Performance Masonry: Meeting Insulation Choices, Options and Requirements for Masonry Buildings

Date - 11/17/2014
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District

Monthly Meeting Cost, Schedule and Parking

Philadelphia Chapter Member with reservation: dinner included with dues.
Non-members: $40.00.
There is no charge to attend just the program.
Please sign up by noon of the Wednesday before the meeting.

Our meetings are held at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, 400 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

4:30 p.m. Board Meeting
5:30 p.m. Social Time (cash bar)
6:15 p.m. Dinner (full course buffet)
7:00 p.m. Business and Program

The hotel has a parking garage. The cost to park in the garage will be $7 with a discount pass you can obtain at the meeting.

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