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Groundbreaking for Philly's First Net-Zero Capable Homes

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At 11 a.m., there's a groundbreaking scheduled for Foundry Court at Fourth and Brown. The five townhomes will be the city's first net-zero capable homes, meaning that buyers can implement as many earth-friendly options as our Northeastern climate can afford.

The homes, built by Nexus EnergyHomes (the National Association of Home Builders' 2012 EnergyValue Housing Builder of the Year), will come standard with features like geothermal wells and solar power. Owners can then elect sustainable upgrades like rainwater harvesting and a rooftop vegetable garden. (If you're the first person to put down a lot deposit today, you'll get a $10,000 credit toward upgrades.)

To give you a sense of cost, a 3-bedroom, 3-bath home with garage is currently listed at $834,000, but homes start at $799,000. Four-bedroom floorplans are also available.

WHAT: Groundbreaking with speech by Council President Darrell Clarke
WHEN: Today, in 40 minutes (11 a.m.)
WHERE: Fourth and Brown streets
CONTACT: Carol Diament: / 215-260-1359