Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New LEED Skyscraper Not as Green as 1930's Icons

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Check out this interesting article from the New York Times about the energy consumption of skyscrapers in New York.  One of New York's newest skyscrapers, the LEED gold rated 7 World Trade Center building, does not fare as well in comparison with some of the older towers in the city, particularly the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.

According to the article, the tall buildings in New York represent just 2% of the total number of buildings in the city, but use 45% of the energy.  Therefore, it makes sense to focus energy savings efforts on these buildings.

But the way we built modernist buildings--full of glass facings and tall public spaces--is highly inefficient.  The old workhorse buildings, after renovations, seem to be doing the best job with energy conservation.

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