Sustainable High-Rise

9 Green Ideas for Your Tall Building

Due to their size, their density, and the number of tenants and occupants using energy and water every day, high-rises often present the greatest opportunity for sustainability improvements. There are certain green initiatives that are showing up more and more often in office, mixed-use, healthcare, and multifamily towers. Check out these water, environment, and energy conservation measures being deployed by high-rises across the country. Are you keeping up with your peers? As part of a 30-story renovation project, the E. M. Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago replaced 7,800 lighting fixtures...

USGBC Ranks Top 10 States in the Nation for LEED Green Building

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The list highlights the regions around the country that are at the forefront of sustainable building design and transformation. Utilizing less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier...

605 Third Avenue And Park Avenue Plaza Achieve LEED Certification

605 Third Avenue, a 1.1 million square-foot tower between 39th and 40th streets in Manhattan, has earned the LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) certification at the Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council, and Park Avenue Plaza, a 1.2 million square-foot building at Park Avenue between 52nd and 53rd streets in Manhattan, has achieved LEED-EB certification at the Silver level. Both properties are owned by Fisher Brothers. Located in the heart of Midtown, the Fisher Brothers’ buildings are desirable locations for high-profile tenants. In 2012, both buildings earned Energy Star Labels from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency, with 605 Third Avenue earning an Energy Star rating of 80 and Park Avenue Plaza earning a score of 75.

20-Story Vienna Office Building is First ‘Passive House’ High-Rise

High levels of energy efficiency are all the more important when it comes to high-rise buildings. For the first time ever, a high-rise office tower, located in Vienna, Austria, has achieved the Passive House standard. The Passive House concept represents today's highest energy standard with the promise of dramaticaly slashing heating energy consumption. A Passive House is a very well-insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people, electrical equipment, etc. Energy losses are minimized.