Your ratty old blue jeans may be stuffing the walls of a new banking center in Manhattan - and Bank of America anticipates receiving the highest certification for Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) for new construction because of it.
Last year, Bank of America announced its intentions to obtain Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) certification for all new offices and banking centers – and allotted $1.4 billion dollars to do it. As a result of this planning, the new Bank of America tower in Manhattan is projected to be the recipient of a Platinum LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council.
Bank of America’s new tower, designed by the consulting firm Gensler, features 64 photovoltaic solar panels that generate 18 kilowatts of power, and are expected to provide 60% of the building’s energy needs. Construction materials consisted of 20% recycled materials, including old blue jeans for insulation and countertops made of wheat kernels and chaff (byproducts of processing.) High efficiency windows and cooling systems, as well as reduced water usage features inside and out, round out the package.
The new tower in Manhattan opened last month, and Bank of America is scheduled to open another banking center, this one aiming for a Gold LEED certification, in Los Angeles this summer.
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