America's tallest LEED-certified building
April 23, 2009
PHILADELPHIA — The Comcast Center, the tallest building in Philadelphia, recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Gold level, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The certification awarded to the 58-story Comcast center from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) makes it the tallest LEED-certified building in America, the story stated.
Some of the sustainable aspects of the building include: Low-flow fixtures and waterless urinals that combine to save over 4 million gallons of water annually; and coated glass that blocks 60 percent of incoming heat while allowing in 70 percent of the natural light from the sun, the story noted.
The building''s shaded plaza reduces the heat-island effect caused by pavement by 70 percent, drastically reducing the amount of energy used to run air conditioning units, the story added.
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