Sustainable Phoenix

Thursday 2nd May 2013

ONE World Trade Centre in New York will be the tallest building in the western hemisphere when it is completed. As you would expect from a new 21st century build it is also constructed with sustainable materials and designs.

The structure of One World Trade Centre is primarily built from post-industrial recycled materials, with the waste from construction also being recycled.

The design of the roof of the building, like most tall constructions, is small, but there will be rainwater recycling and collection which will be used in the cooling system.

PureCell phosphoric acid fuel cells will generate 4.8 million watts of energy, one of the world’s largest fuel cell installations. Added to that will be electrical generation from waste steam - the building will be heated mainly by steam, reducing the need for natural gas or oil.

Lighting systems inside will use daylight harvesting, dimming as more daylight enters the interior through the ultra-clear glass, designed to allow maximum daylight, all lessening power bills.

All this attention to sustainable detail leads many to conclude that the One World Trade Center will receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, few buildings of its size globally have achieved such recognition.

Out of the disaster of 9/11 comes something to protect the future of all - symbolic in so many ways.

Image of the One World Trade Centre lobby, from WTC.

Categories: General, Renewable, Reviews, Technology

Thursday 2nd May 2013

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