Environmentally sustainability has become a major concern among both the general population and large corporations over the last few years. New York City is one of the largest cities on the planet and is the largest city in the U.S, where it is home to some of the world’s largest and most famous buildings on the planet. What many people do not realize is that some of these buildings are also the most environmentally friendly buildings built. One World Trade Center, The New York Times building and Anthony Malkin’s Empire State Building have all been built or renovated with the idea of being sustainable or “green” in mind.
One World Trade Center is one of New York’s most famous buildings and has some amazing green features. It was built after the tragedy that destroyed the original world trade center, and was designed with sustainability in mind. At it’s completion in 2013, it was 1,776 feet tall, and included several unique features, including integrated fuel cells that help reduce the buildings dependence on outside energy, and recycled rainwater and waste steam.
The New York Times is one of the world’s most well read newspapers, and has been housed in a series of unique and well-known buildings. The most recent building to house the New York Times began construction in 2003 and was completed in 2007. Throughout the building and planning process sustainability was a major concern. One of the most innovative features is a specially designed double-skin curtain wall and shading system that helps keep the building cool and helps to reduce the amount of artificial light needed by people inside and outside the building.
One of the world’s most famous buildings in the Empire State Building. While not initially an environmentally sustainable building, the Empire State Building underwent some major renovations in 2010 in order to be greener. This resulted in the building becoming Gold LEED certified. LEED certification is one of the most prestigious ways a building can display that it is environmentally friendly. Some of the renovations, which were completed in 2013, include replacing the windows with more efficient double hung windows, and installing an updated, more efficient heating and cooling system.
As the general population and large corporations begin to understand the importance of and the benefits of becoming more environmentally friendly it is almost certain that even more famous New York Buildings will become environmentally green.