Bank of America Tower: Durst Implements Ice Farm in Pursuit of LEED Platinum at One Bryant Park

June 6, 2008 at 3:41 am

Last week, the Durst Organization offered a sneak preview of the Times Square office building that it hop-skips will reach Modern York City’s first commercial LEED Platinum rating. Eighty feet below grade, Helena Durst chartered reporters on a tour of the Bank of America Tower’s ice farm, which the developer forebodes will tighten energy costs by close to fifty percent. The system captures rainwater- across forty tanks- which it freezes overnight (during off-peak hours) and and so melts during the day in order to chill the building. A distinctive ice storage air conditioning system will pump refrigerant into an evaporator coil, translating it from liquid to vapor. Traditional air conditioning units will exhaust the heat in the vapor through an electric condenser. Withal, an ice storage system will bring back the refrigerant through ice, recondensing the vapor into liquid, and short-circuit the necessity for undue consumption of electricity. As One Bryant Park proceeds to appeal press as Modern York’s dark-greenest building, it will be interesting to visit whether the project team successfully executes architect Cook + Fox’ sustainable vision. For Developers of New Buildings, Green is the Way to Plump (NY1 News)

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