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World Trade Center Complex Leads the Way for a Greener NYC

As the first hi-rise to be given gold certification by the US Green Building, 7 World Trade Center led the way for the sustainable redevelopment of the World Trade Center complex.  Now the Freedom Tower (or One World Trade Center) is widely expected to receive the same honor when it opens early next year, making it the greenest tower of its kind in the world. Here are a few green features of the new tower:

Shared Resources. The new World Trade Center Complex towers set precedent for new buildings of their kind by relying on shared resources for many energy saving opportunities. By abandoning the “traditional individual building model,” the complex focuses on sharing resources such as water from the Hudson River, to minimize energy usage. (WTC Sustainable Design Guidelines)

Reuse Rainwater. The towers at the WTC will also recycle rainwater for cooling and irrigation purposes. The water will be collected on the tower rooftops and stored in the buildings’ evaporative cooling systems.

Interior Daylight. The towers will used what is called “daylighting” to minimize the amount of artificial light being used during the day. The daylighting will allow dimmers to detect how much sunlight is coming in through the windows and adjust the indoor lighting accordingly. 

Fuel Cells. The World Trade Center complex will be powered by United Technologies Corporation Power PureCell Model 400 fuel cell stacks, to create clean, onsite energy. If you are unfamiliar with what a fuel cell is, it is a device that converts the chemical energy of fuel, most commonly oxygen, into electricity through a reaction with an oxidizing element. The WTC installation of fuel cells will be one of the largest fuel cell installations in the world.

For more information on the sustainable redevelopment of the World Trade Center complex, check out- http://goo.gl/6k1Lyc

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