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Philadelphia Developer Delivers Buildings with Cork Facades

by Lark Turner

Philadelphia Developer Delivers Buildings with Cork Facades: Figure 1

A Philadelphia developer known for its progressive attitude toward environmental friendliness, design and even Airbnb delivered its latest project with a facade made entirely of cork.

The two side-by-side cork-clad homes are located in Philadlephia’s East Kensington neighborhood at 2037-2039 Blair Street (map). Each has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths.

Philadelphia Developer Delivers Buildings with Cork Facades: Figure 2

Partly thanks to the cladding, the homes will be more environmentally-friendly, according to Postgreen homes’ president, Chad Ludeman, who spoke to NBC Philadelphia about the facade.

“Our typical home has about half the energy bills of a normal, code-built, new construction house,” Ludeman told them.

The cork insulates the home, can withstand the elements and will change color based on the time of year. The developers are asking $399,000 for each home, recently reduced from $419,000.

Postgreen is known to experiment with unique cladding. One of its projects is a set of three LEED Platinum-certified townhomes affectionately known as the Tattoo House for its patterned exterior made of fiber cement panels. The company is also working on a house with an exterior made of corten steel.

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