Image: Logo of BIA Philadelphia


News & Resources

Design Your Buildings for Safer Passage

Nearly a billion birds will die in collisions with buildings in cities like Philadelphia this year.

One of the unintended consequences of development and growing our skyline is bird collisions with our building facades. More than 350 species travel through Philadelphia during spring and fall migration and on May 6 of this year, an estimated 2 million birds flew over PA in one night.

During the fall migration, up to 1500 birds were killed flying into the city's tallest buildings in one night in October. See "Up to 1,500 birds flew into some of Philly’s tallest skyscrapers one day last week. The slaughter shook bird-watchers."

The BIA Building Innovation Committee (BIC) hosted a session with member and special guest speaker Stephanie Staub from the Architectural Glass Institute to learn more about this challenge and strategies to reduce the impact of new construction and existing buildings. Click here to download the presentation and here to access the meeting recording using passcode 7.14.2020#BIC.

Click here for additional resources for architects, planners, developers, and homeowners provided by BIC member Glenn Werner of JKRP Architects, as well as case studies at USGBC.

Logo of JKRP Architects

Recent News

January 13, 2021
SillDry: The Future of Building Envelope Protection
December 13, 2020
Why BIA Supported the Abatement Bills AND the 1% Tax on Residential Development
December 10, 2020
PGW EnergySense Provides Cost-Saving Opportunities
November 19, 2020
Philadelphia’s Suburbs Surge Forward in Q3 while the City Pauses
November 8, 2020
Philadelphia’s New Lead Disclosure & Certification Law Now in Effect
October 31, 2020
Design Your Buildings for Safer Passage
October 26, 2020
Updated Philadelphia House Price Indices: 2020 Q3
October 8, 2020
It’s a wrap! 2020 Builders Conference a Virtual Success
September 17, 2020
Consumer Housing Trends in a Changing Market
September 13, 2020
Prevent Falls in Construction
September 6, 2020
L+I Issues Code Bulletin For Fire Watch
July 27, 2020
Preparing to Dig: Planning and Safety Tips for Construction Excavation in an Urban Environment
July 13, 2020
New Postal Guide for Builders and Developers
June 23, 2020
Building Affordable Now a Win-Win for Private Market Developers
June 21, 2020
June 16, 2020
Intro to L+I Audits & Investigations and more from the GA Committee
June 10, 2020
Attention Property Owners and Developers: Learn More About Philadelphia’s C-PACE Financing Program
June 5, 2020
Best Practices for Managing Moisture
May 31, 2020
COVID-19 Construction Site Safety Information
May 29, 2020
Mitigating the Risk of Liability at Construction Sites During COVID-19
May 28, 2020
L+I COVID-19 Enforcement
May 7, 2020
Estimating The Likely Economic Impact Of The Covid-19 Pandemic On Philadelphia