270 Park Avenue
NYC is a continually evolving metropolis and a world stage that produces a steady stream of highly influential and boundary-pushing projects. With new energy codes and strict requirements on the way for both existing and future structures, developers will have to act deliberately in order to comply with the law. But in the midst of change, some projects don’t just seek to comply; they aim to lead the pack in sustainability. This week, we bring you the third entry of our four-part list that seeks to highlight some of NYC’s most exemplary buildings and current projects that could serve as role models for future sustainable development.
270 Park Avenue
Developer: J.P. Morgan Chase
Architect: Foster + Partners
Contractor: Tishman Construction
Currently rising in Manhattan’s East Midtown area, 270 Park is set to become New York City’s largest all-electric skyscraper. The 60-story, 2.5 million square foot office tower, will boast net-zero operational emissions and will be 100% powered by renewable energy sourced from a New York State hydroelectric plant.
The building will also boast a number of cutting-edge features and systems that will contribute to its net-zero goal. Included in the list are outdoor terraces with natural green space, intelligent sensors and AI that will respond and adapt to energy demands, water reuse systems that will reduce water usage by more than 40%, and automatic solar shades that are integrated with the HVAC systems to reduce energy consumption.
Stay tuned next week when we’ll present the fourth and final entry on this list. Going up on Greenpoint’s waterfront, it might be a lesser-known project, but it’s a game changer for sustainable construction going forwards and a record-breaking project within the United States. For more insight on changing energy codes and sustainability right now, you can also check out our other articles, highlighting Local Law 97 and how energy codes vary across the United States. You can also click here to view part 1 and part 2 of this list.