One Bryant Park has been known as the greenest skyscraper since last year, and recently it has added another award to put on its Wall of Fame: One Bryant Park is now LEED Platinum certified.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a certification system that stamps an A+ grade for buildings or communities that improves performance when it comes to energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources.
One Bryant Park is the first office building to be LEED certified, the highest ranking from the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council). Cook+Fox Architects designed the building, and Tishman Construction Corporation was behind the construction. Together, they built One Bryant Park to be environmentally-conscious and energy-efficient.
A rainwater catchement system is used, as well as a greywater recycling system. High-performance glass windows are installed to take advantage of sunlight, but also to minimize solar heat gain and loss. The cooling system provides ice at off-peak hours, and also cools down the building during peak hours.
The air purification system not only cleans the air outside the building: the air it exhausts is also purified, making the NYC air cleaner. And all of these green systems are powered by a 4.6-megawatt cogeneration plant that doesn’t depend entirely on the NYC energy resources.
Today, One Bryant Park is open to all Manhattan people, and also houses the Bank of America. The skyscraper is not only the tallest building in Manhattan, but now is also the official greenest skyscraper not just in the NYC, but in the world. Makes you want to set up shop in this place, doesn’t it?