Post Brothers Apartments prides itself on being a leader in “green” development. While we don’t issue a press release every time we put in new high-efficiency windows, we also don’t consider it a choice when it comes to doing the right thing for our community. Post Brothers considers the protection and enhancement of the environment in every step of our development and management processes, so we can offer socially responsible residents the ability to live a green lifestyle at a price they can afford.
Energy efficiency is the “low hanging fruit” today when it comes to the environment, climate change, and world affairs. In every apartment in every building we develop, we include Energy Star kitchen and laundry appliances, compact fluorescent or other high-efficiency light bulbs everywhere, new high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, ceiling fans in every bedroom and living room, double-pane thermal insulated windows, and heavy insulation throughout. In addition to the reduction in energy use, these fixtures greatly improve the indoor environmental quality of our apartments. Fully metered utilities allow usage monitoring, and we’re even including solar electric panels on the roof our latest developments… we like to talk about how we do these things because we want to help change the world, but the truth is we also do them because they make us more money in the long run.
In order to help conserve our natural resources, we only install modern water-efficient toilets, faucets, dishwashers, and front-loading washing machines whenever possible, and we use intelligent landscaping irrigation controls to further cut down on water usage. Through online resident maintenance requests and rent payments, highly computerized management systems, and content rich websites for rental information, we cut down on paper use. When renovating, we recycle demolished plaster, metals, and wood, saving money and the environment.
During development and renovation we give regard to more than just the impact of the finishes and fixtures – we go out of our way to ensure we’re using locally sourced labor, and to help minimize carbon emissions from our supply chain, we consider not just if a building's material is ‘local,' but the entire impact of the product from the raw materials to the shipping and delivery route it takes to our building.
Well before Post acquires a property for development, we scrutinize the land use impact and neighborhood quality of life of the site. Post has strict principals when it comes to property selection, including only acquiring properties in population dense in-fill areas, that are in excellent proximity to major transportation systems, employment centers, and neighborhood amenities. All of our developments have been renovations of existing historic buildings, within two blocks of Septa regional rail lines and one mile of I-76, Route 1, and within blocks of the Wissahickon Creek trail offering the region’s best outdoor recreation.