How Green Are New York Buildings?

written by Anjula May 11, 2007

Chances are, if you were looking for an apartment in New york’s buildings five years ago hoping to find one that was ecofriendly, you were pretty much out of luck. But with rising consumer demand and the tax credits that’s all changed. In a recent article in NY Magazine, S.Jhoanna Robledo points out that not all of these envirobuilders are as green as they’d have us believe. Having spoken with green experts, including the advocacy nonprofit GreenHomeNYC, Robledo rates (10) of New York’s enviro-built buildings.

And the winner is:

The Visionaire: A 35-story, 251-unit condo project in Battery >Park City.

An elaborate system that filters water from bathrooms and kitchens, then pumps it back for use in toilets; green roof; will receive 35 % of its electricity from renewable sources. It’s the only residential building stateside to achieve the LEED platinum rating.

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