Popular Science did a feature this month on a "54-Story Air Filter", a new sky scraper in the works in Manhattan which is "the world's greenest skyscraper." It's unbelievable! Check it out in March 2005's issue, page 28 and 29. (Please consider all of what I write next either a direct quote or paraphrase or summary from the article.)
It is the new Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, on the corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, costing $1 billion, and scheduled to open in 2008. It's eco-friendliness includes:
1 & 2) A two-acre "footprint" which adds up to 2.6 million gallons of free water (from New York City's average of 49 inches of rain a year), which will be used for flushing toilets, irrigating green space and cooling the air-and cooling the air is achieved by an electrical generator which uses the rain water to create ice at night, which is gently blown throughout the building during the day.
3) Waterless urinals, saving some 40,000 gallons of water a year and keeping odors from escaping.
4) Electrical generator for all of the building's base electrical needs.
5) Use of residual heat from groundwater to warm the building in winter.
6) A wind turbine at the top of the skyscraper, where birds don't fly, plus the rest of the power needed purchased from wind farms in upstate New York.
7) The building will pull in air from the outside, filter it, and then release it outside clearner than when it was brought in. (Hence the 54-story air filter.)
8) The building is all-glass, and will reflect 100 percent of UV rays, but lets in 73 percent of visible light.
9) GET THIS: all the shredded paper and food scraps from the cafeteria will be dumped into a 1,000 gallon vat of organic waste seeded with bacteria. The bacteria will digest the stuff and turn it into fuel to run the on-site Bank of America branch.
The eco-friendly features are expected to pay for themselves in under seven years. Amazing.
Yah to Popular Science for featuring this awesome green-house! I've left out cool info, like the company's plans for making the building out of recycled materials, and then recycling the leftover construction debris, so check out Popular Science on the web or at a library or get a subscription or something!
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