Proving that money is not the only kind of green valued by bankers, Bank of America is building a state of the art tower in New York that is said to be the country’s greenest high-rise building. Reminiscent of one of those kryptonite crystals in the old superman movies, it’s estimated that this building, due for completion in 2008, will use 50% less energy and 50% less potable water than similar sized buildings and will create net zero carbon dioxide emissions.
Among the features of this 54 story, 2.1 million square foot tower:
- An air filtration system that will remove 95% of particulates, ozone and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Air vented back into the city will be cleaner than that taken in, effectively making the tower into something akin to a gigantic air filter
- On site 5.1 megawatt, clean natural gas burning power plant to supply 70% of the building’s power
- Water efficient systems such as waterless urinals (we're scratching our heads on this one) and low-flow fixtures that will save an estimated 10.3 million gallons of water annually
- 100% rainwater re-usage
This will be among the first high-rise buildings to strive for U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) “Platinum” designation. To get an idea of how rigorous a platinum designation is, of the approximately 550 buildings which have been LEEDS certified since 2000, only 20 have achieved platinum certification nationwide.
Hoorah for clean banking and design.
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