NEW YORK — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) gave the Bank of America Tower its highest rating for environmental performance and sustainability on Thursday, meaning New York City''s second-tallest building is also its greenest, according to Reuters.
The 54-story building, completed in 2008 at a cost of $2 billion, became the first commercial high-rise to to win Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Platinum level from the non-profit council that promotes environmentally friendly construction and design, the article stated.
According to the article, the certification was based on water and energy efficiency, indoor air quality, the environmental friendliness of construction materials and other criteria.
"They came to us and said they wanted to build the largest environmentally responsible building they could. That was our goal from the get-go," said project architect Serge Appel of Cook+Fox Architects.
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