Green Giant: Bank of America Tower, Manhattan

Channel Lumber is committed to the process of Green Building, and supporting LEED certification. Today we want to showcase a cutting edge Green skyscraper and highlight the latest Green design and amenity features.

In 2009, construction of the Bank of America Tower, in Manhattan, was completed. The building earned a LEED Platinum rating, the highest awarded. The rating is based on various environmental considerations. The design earns “points” for various energy saving and environmentally beneficial features. The cost of construction was One Billion USD. It is the fourth tallest building in Manhattan.

The design teams for the tower had one directive: to demonstrate that economic and environmental principles are compatible. When Green features added to the cost of construction, only those features which would pay for themselves within 5 years were included.

There were many other areas where the tower scored well including site selection (near public transportation), building form, and energy conservation.

The towers’ sloped form has two primary benefits. First, it allows more natural light to penetrate the building. 90% of workers have floor to ceiling windows which can be fully lit with natural light. Second, the sloped form allows for the efficient capture of rainwater, which can then be used in a variety of ways.

The Bank of America tower has an onsite natural gas power plant which generates 70% of the buildings electricity consumption, and 30% peak hour consumption. This eliminates electrical transmission losses which are significant on the city’s power grid.

The power plant makes ice at night which is used to cool the building in the day. Additionally the waterless urinals save up to 8 million gallons of water annually.

Channel Lumber has an extensive list of Green Projects and clients including the Aria Resort and Casino, Veer Towers, and the Portola Valley Town Center.

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Channel Lumber: The Invisible Leader

The United States Green Building Council LEED program has transformed the built environment on a global level. From its inception, the LEED program has only recognized the Forest Stewardship Council’s® certified forestry program for the material resources credit (MRc-7). The reason LEED only recognizes Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is because FSC sets and maintains the highest standards for the environmental protections, while allowing the harvesting of forest products.

FSC LEED Certified Wood - Channel LumberIn addition, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) addresses the social and economic responsibilities impacted by logging these same forests. The FSC is a global non-profit, headquartered in Bonn, Germany with regional offices worldwide. The program is administered by accredited 3rd party companies that conduct yearly audits and ensure compliance by all parties in the “chain of custody” program that tracks wood and paper products from forest to end user.

Channel Lumber Co. has adapted to the growing demand for certified wood products and over the past 9 years has built the largest retail inventory of FSC certified lumber and plywood on the ground anywhere in the U.S.!  Channel Lumber has been supplying the increasing LEED projects state and US wide it has done so quietly….. too quietly! Often, while presenting the reasons for using FSC wood products to many California based architectural firms, it has become apparent “word had not gotten out” that FSC products were on the ground, ready for immediate delivery.  I was encountering many firms with projects that were being delayed or had given up trying to source FSC Certified wood for their LEED project–even projects right here in the Bay Area!

Channel Lumber has launched our new website to help architects and project managers as well as concerned project owners source and build with FSC Certified wood products. The good news is that your search and wait is over. In addition to Channel Lumber’s vast inventory of FSC certified products, we can also mill these products to almost any specification. Channel Lumber also has a knowledgeable staff that can assist with submittals for the MRc-7, MRc-5 and EQ4.4 credits in the LEED program. For more information on inventory please visit our FSC products page.