31 Jul '13, 6pm

LEED-bashing: Is the Bank of America Building really a "toxic tower"?

LEED-bashing: Is the Bank of America Building really a "toxic tower"?

Cook+Fox's Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park has been called "the world's greenest skyscraper." That is an overstatement. I was originally critical in Can an All-Glass Office Building Really Be Considered Green? , but after a closer look was impressed with its green features, from its co-gen plant to a giant icemaker. The design goes beyond energy conservation, which is only one of many features that the LEED certification system measures. Attention was paid to " health, well-being, and themes of biophilia." It's well-rounded; in my post that asked the question Is The Bank of America Tower "The World's Greenest Skyscraper"? (Video) , I concluded that the LEED Platinum tower had a lot going for it. the New Republic/Screen capture So I was surprised to see Sam Roudman's article in the New Republic titled Bank of America's Toxic Tower: New York's "greenest" skyscaper i...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/leed-bashing...

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