This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

March 24, 2004

Sustainable Design Reaches Lower Manhattan

Large cities offer unique challenges and opportunities for sustainability. New York City is known for inventive uses of its limited space, such as rooftop green spaces, and in recent years has experimented with some of the first green designs for high-rise buildings and mixed-use buildings. Several notable guidelines for high performance building—"New York City's High Performance Building Guidelines" and, from the evolving lower Manhattan, Battery Park City's "Green Guidelines"—have emerged from New York's experiments in green design.

Following the example of fellow lower downtown developers, the developers of the World Trade Center site are compiling their own sustainable design guides specific to the site. The guidelines exist in preliminary form as part of the recently released environmental impact statement for the site. In addition to calling for 20% of the building's energy to be generated by renewable resources, the guidelines call for developers to incorporate local and recycled materials as well as products made from renewable agricultural resources for interior and insulating materials. The guidelines integrate energy, water, land, and construction issues, and will evolve as a result of the public review process currently underway.

To view the World Trade Center environmental impact statement, and other environmental documents related to the World Trade Center site, see the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation Web site.

To view the current draft of the sustainable design guide for the World Trade Center site, see Appendix A of the environmental impact statement. (PDF 267 KB) Download Acrobat Reader.

See Battery Park City's Green Guidelines.

For New York City's High Performance Building Guidelines, see the New York City Office of Sustainable Design Web site.