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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.

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