- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 16, 2004

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - If workers feel chilly at their desks in a new skyscraper under construction in New York City, they’ll be able to adjust the temperature with switches tailored to individuals, not entire floors or buildings.

The individual controls, expected to save millions of dollars in operational costs, are among the many new designs being incorporated into so-called “green” buildings, including the One Bryant Park building in the center of Manhattan that will be the new Bank of America headquarters.

The building will include floor-to-ceiling windows made of translucent insulating glass, a system to capture and reuse rain and wastewater, and rooftop gardens to reduce heat pollution. It will be a showcase for the U.S. Green Building Council, which recently met in Portland.

The council promotes its “leadership in energy and environmental design” (LEED) rating system as a voluntary national standard.

Requests for LEED certification have rapidly expanded in the past few years, said council Chairman Rick Fedrizzi.

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