Green Towers Have Reached New Heights! Check Out Cornell Tech's Residential Building...

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Green buildings have been brought to a new height!  Cornell Tech is opening a 26-story residential building that is expected to save 882 tons of CO2 per year.  That is the equivalent of planting 5,300 new trees!  The on-site geothermal and solar energy systems are the winner here.

The term passive house refers to a rigorous standard for energy efficiency in a building.  It results in an ultra-low energy building that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

When everything is complete 536 students and faculty will be housed in this building. It's designed to meet the requirements of the stringent Passive House standard, which focuses on the use of airtight building envelopes in order to achieve a 60- to 70-percent energy usage reduction compared to traditional construction, the tower will also be a reflection of Cornell Tech’s commitment to innovation and trailblazing technology.

Source: inhabitat

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