The new One Bryant Park Bank of America tower in midtown Manhattan is the first new commercial high-rise to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
The 55-story building, designed by Cook + Fox Architects, has a curtain wall made of low-e glass and heat-reflecting ceramic grit. A thermal ice-storage tank in the building’s cellar makes ice overnight, reducing demand on the city’s electricity grid during peak hours.
A 4.6 megawatt cogeneration plant further cuts the building’s need for grid-fired power by covering 70% percent of the building’s electricity use.
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