NY building wins highest 'green' certification
May 20, 2010
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.