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The World’s Greenest Skyscraper

From the ashes of the World Trade Center rises the world’s greenest skyscraper – One World Trade Center.

The tragedy of the famed Twin Towers buildings will pave the way for another feat of engineering in the building set to replace them.

The architects of the new WTC are shooting to win a number of eco-friendly awards, including a LEED certification (a step below Platinum status), Net Zero CO2 footprint, and more.

Some of the aspects of the building’s design include what’s known as Daylighting. This is where the lighting from the windows is equivalent to the lighting provided by artificial light fixtures, and allows the building to keep its costs down by dimming the lights in rooms with window access. The building will have dimming sensors every 15 feet within the building.

The builders have been instructed to only use ultra-low sulfur diesel, otherwise known as “clean diesel.”

The skyscraper’s materials also can’t include any Volatile Organic Compounds(VOC), which can seep from certain materials in a gaseous form, and is extremely hazardous.

The skyscraper will also have 3,000 different air-quality monitoring areas to watch for CO2 leaks.

The new building will harvest both water from the nearby Hudson River for use in their next-generation air-conditioning system and precipitation for use in cooling towers and irrigation. On top of all these eco-friendly design features, the new building will also have a strict motto of recycling and reusability. The building is already constructed from 75% post-industrial recycled materials.

The new WTC skyscraper will contain the WTC transportation hub, National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and retail and office space.

It is a feat of artistic and technological construction, worthy of global acclaim. As skyscraper construction becomes more and more prevalent, look for other building designs to walk in the footprints of the One World Trade Center’s construction.

One World Trade Centre

Image source: www.greensource.construction.com

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