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07/02/2010

LEED-Platinum Awarded to NYC’s Second-Tallest Building

The Bank of America Tower is the first commercial high-rise property to earn LEED-Platinum

 
LEED-Platinum Awarded to NYC’s Second-Tallest Building

The Bank of America Tower, completed in 2008, is the first commercial high-rise property to earn LEED-Platinum. The USGBC recognized the entire design and construction team for its pioneering approach to providing occupants with cleaner air and more natural light, while conserving energy and other natural resources within the building.

The Bank of America Tower utilizes a wide range of strategies and technologies to enhance the health and productivity of its tenants, reduce waste, and promote environmental sustainability. A clear, high-performance glass curtainwall permits maximum sunlight and views to the outdoors while blocking unwanted heat. An advanced under-floor air delivery system allows for individual control of heating/cooling and provides clean filtered outside air.

With 55 floors and 2.1 million square feet, sustainability was a bottom to top effort:

  • A 4.6-megawatt co-generation plant meets 65 percent of electricity demands and reduces daytime peak electricity demand by 30 percent. The system also generates most of the heating energy for the building.
  • An ice storage system provides 25 percent of annual cooling requirements.  At night, excess electricity from the co-generation system is used to produce ice, which is melted during the day to supplement the cooling system.
  • An air filtration system for both incoming and outgoing air.
  • Gray water capture and reuse.
  • Waterless urinals and low-flow faucets.
  • 9’6” floor-to-ceiling windows to enhance daylighting.
  • Steel made from 87 percent recycled material and concrete from 45 percent recycled content (blast furnace slag).
  • 91 percent of all construction and demolition waste was recycled or otherwise diverted from landfill.

Anne M. Finucane, Global Strategy and Marketing Officer, Bank of America, says,“This Tower at One Bryant Park is much more than the Bank of America headquarters in New York City – it is a magnificent example of environmentally sustainable building, and it symbolizes our continued commitment to the global environment and to the city of New York."

 

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04/23/2014

A key part to curbing emissions is working with local and city officials, tenants, and other groups to help make entire communities more sustainable. BOMA International shares the following strategies for greening your facility and community.

04/21/2014

Lighting fixes target the bottom line.

04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
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