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Greening One World Trade Center

Posted in Blog on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 10:15 am No Comments
Greening One World Trade Center

It’s hard to believe that the 13 year anniversary of 9-11 has already come and gone. But with this passing time comes a new symbol of hope; a new symbol of freedom; One World Trade Center. Rising 104 stories tall, this super structure is now the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Construction on below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the building began on April 27, 2006 and in May 2013, the Tower’s the final component of the skyscraper’s spire was installed, making One World Trade Center the fourth-tallest skyscraper in the world.  Its spire allows the building to reach a symbolic height of 1,776 feet in reference to the year of the United States Declaration of Independence. It’s been exciting to see this new beacon of hope come out of the ground but it’s also exciting, from a sustainability perspective, to hear about all that went into making One World Trade Center sustainable for years to come.

The building features a whole host of green elements, including:
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Fuel cells
Waste steam recycling
World-class mass transit
Exceeding code. Overall, the building’s energy performance will exceed code requirements by 20 percent, say its builders.
Recycled rainwater
Functional memorial
Central chiller
Landscaping
Waste material recycling
Recycled building materials
Taking a pass on cement
Renewable energy sources
Clean diesel
No VOCs
Preventing a “sick” green building
Daylighting
Green port-a-potties
Low-flow bathroom fixtures
Save the ozone
Sustainable wood