28 Feb '13, 3pm

via @greentechmedia

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New York City found a lot of surprises last year after requiring commercial buildings to disclose energy consumption. Most shockingly, some newer LEED-rated buildings ranked behind much older buildings when it came to energy efficiency. Of course, the LEED rating system accounts for other factors beyond energy consumption like building materials, water use, and construction techniques. And those older buildings did get an efficiency upgrade. But the results show that a prominent rating doesn't necessarily mean a building has the best energy performance. So it may not come as a surprise that the New York Times Building -- a non-LEED building -- is seeing some very impressive gains in efficiency. The building, constructed in 2007, hosts a dimmable lighting system, an automated roller shade system for windows, and an underfloor air distribution system. It also gets roughly 40...

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