Building Green at Ground Zero

Posted on September 13th, 2012 by

New York City has demonstrated a great commitment with the environment when rebuilding at ground zero. For instance, the building of the 9/11 Memorial, the office building known as 7 World Trade Center and the three buildings under construction, represent examples of big achievements in New York City architecture toward green design.

The New York New Visions a coalition of 21 architecture, planning and design organizations working on rebuilding lower Manhattan, worked in a design and construction plan taking into consideration important points:

  • Green open spaces
  • Proper air filtering
  • The use of “alternate materials”, such as cork wall tiles and bamboo flooring that are non-toxic, durable, and can be recycled.
  • Lower energy use by increasing insulation in new buildings and using efficient new types of window glass.

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Chain Stores Said to Lead Firms in Use of Sun Power

Many large chain stores have been joining the solar panels alternative to reduce their energy bills, while setting an example and showing their commitment to clean energy.

According to a report by the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Vote Solar Initiative, an advocacy group, stores relay on rooftop solar power to help meet their energy needs.

Among the top 10 chains that are using solar power are: Costco, Ikea, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples and Walgreens.  Some of them are looking into other green energies alternatives, such as wind and geothermal power.

Ikea has included a geothermal power system at a new store in Centennial, Colo. Kohl’s is testing wind energy and plans to expand the number of electric vehicle charging stations at its stores. Wal-Mart has put small wind turbines atop the lamp posts in some of its store parking lots.

Executives say clean energy can help them to cover heavy electrical needs for lighting, heating and cooling and, in some cases, refrigeration.

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In Quest for River’s Power, an Underwater Test Spin

A company in New York City is developing and testing a new form of producing electricity: Using the strong currents of the East River at Roosevelt Island.

Mr. Taylor, president of the company Verdant Power, had the idea of using a turbine bolted to a piling drilled into the bedrock beneath the river, to turn the tides into a source of electricity.

His plan consist in install sets of three turbines with a diameter of 16 feet and in about five years, the company hopes to have 30 turbines arrayed in the river, each capable of producing 35 kilowatts of electricity.

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