U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
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New High-Efficiency High-Rise Breaks Ground in Manhattan
August 11, 2004
The new tower will be a striking addition to mid-town Manhattan.
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The Bank of America and the Durst Organization broke ground on August 2nd on a new high-rise building in midtown Manhattan that aims to set a new
standard for environmental responsibility. The Bank of America Tower
will strive to be the first high-rise office building to earn a
Platinum LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, in part by
cutting energy use to half that of a typical high-rise building. The
building will feature high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows to
allow maximum daylighting. To avoid unwanted heat gain, the windows
will combine double-wall technology and translucent insulating glass.
The natural daylighting will be combined with daylight dimming and LED
lights to reduce electric use, and a planted "green roof" will reduce
the building's contribution to the urban heat island effect in New York
The new tower will also include an onsite 4.6-megawatt cogeneration
plant to meet the building's energy requirements. A thermal storage
system will produce ice in the evenings, which will reduce the
building's demand on the city's electrical grid during the day. Each
floor will have its own air-handling unit to provide cool air via an
under-floor displacement system, and carbon dioxide monitors will
automatically introduce more fresh air when necessary.
When completed in 2008, the 2.1-million-square-foot, 52-story office
tower will serve as Bank of America's New York headquarters. See the
press release and other information on the building on the Durst Web site.