Both organizations recently renovated their headquarters buildings in New York City to be “green” buildings. These are energy-efficient structures that aim to limit environmental impact through the use of design techniques and choice of materials.
Their example has helped to set a trend that other developers are now following. For example, the Durst Organization Inc.’s new office tower at Four Times Square will be a more environmentally friendly skyscraper. It will include gas fired heating and cooling systems, which rely on natural gas rather than electricity generated by burning of fossil fuels, larger windows to allow for reduced use of interior lighting, and dedicated disposal shafts for ease of recycling. Other elements will improve air quality to avoid the “sick building” syndrome.