New York, New York, is striving to become more eco friendly. With the help of contractors and designers, buildings are opting for sustainable materials. The most noted of these buildings is The Bank of America Tower located across from Bryant Park. Completed in 2009, the 54 story tower is built to use half the energy of other buildings its size. Bank of America Tower generates less night-time power, produces its own electricity through a cogeneration system, conserves 3.4 million gallons of water a year through a green roof and waterless urinals, and filters 95% of air that comes in from outside.
The most “high-profile” green building in New York is definitely the Empire State Building. In April 2009 it underwent a $20 million retrofit, a series of major green renovations to raise its lighting efficiency, improve its windows and HVAC systems, increase its insulation capacity, and reduce electricity costs.
Other green buildings in New York City include: the Queens Botanical Garden Visitors’ Center; the New York Times Tower; the Bronx’s Morrisania Homes; the Office of Emergency Management Headquarters in Brooklyn; as well as a whole slate of other green building designs popping up.
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