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One World Trade Center earns LEED Gold Award

The Durst Organization and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, has achieved the rating of LEED Gold v2.0 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Photo by Ted Eytan/ Flickr

Photo by Ted Eytan/ Flickr

Consistent with The Durst Organization’s ongoing commitment to delivering projects at the highest levels of sustainable development, One World Trade Center was awarded the LEED Gold v2.0 rating for its industry-leading standards across multiple categories, including energy, water, lighting, materials, transportation, air quality, and people.

The three million square foot office tower is more than 70 percent leased.

“The LEED Gold rating is a great accomplishment for the entire One World Trade Center construction, design and operations team,” said Jody Durst, President of The Durst Organization.

“We are proud of this designation, which reflects our commitment to delivering environmentally responsible projects that operate at maximum efficiency and provide the healthiest work space possible for our tenants, and employees who service the building.”

“One World Trade Center is the world’s most environmentally sustainable project of its size,” said Beth Wolfowitz, Port Authority Director of Leasing and Development for the World Trade Center Redevelopment Department.

“The LEED Gold certification further validates One World Trade Center’s standing as a global leader in socially responsible design and construction and the dedication of everyone who helped make this building the world’s premier office address.”

Tom Paladino, CEO of Paladino and Company, One World Trade Center’s sustainability consulting firm, said, “The Durst team is uniquely savvy about how to navigate the hurdles of a LEED certification while also fortifying their business. I see One World Trade Center as Durst’s new capstone project — no building is too big to be green.”

Among many attributes contributing to the office tower’s LEED Gold certification, the USGBC noted that One World Trade Center was designed to reduce its energy use 18.3 percent below the baseline; Met requirements for 50% potable water use reduction for irrigation through the use of drip irrigation and use of captured storm water for irrigation; Achieved aggressive lighting efficiency goals; Utilizes materials chosen for their sustainability attributes — with over 25percent recycled content, 35% regional materials and 50percent certified wood; Includes ventilation systems that perform well in excess of the minimum indoor air quality requirements, achieved through a substantial air filtration system installation.

Anchored by global publishing giant Condé Nast, One World Trade Center provides direct, weather-protected connections to 11 subway lines, the PATH train, and the Hudson River ferries. The West Concourse pedestrian walkway offers access to the WTC Transportation Hub.

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