Posts Tagged ‘LEED’

Tour 7 WTC during Archtober

ArchtoberOctober is Archtober!  It’s time for New York City’s architecture and design month, a festival of architecture taking place throughout October and brought to you by the AIA New York Chapter, openhousenewyork, and the Architecture & Design Film Festival.

Archtober’s “Building of the Day” for Monday, October 3rd is 7 WTC, the gateway to the new World Trade Center area and NYC’s first certified “green” office building.  On October 3rd at 1:30 p.m., join developer Silverstein Properties and openhousenewyork for a guided tour of the building.

Featured on the tour will be the newly opened WTC Marketing Center on the 10th floor, which includes large-scale models, galleries, and interactive videos about the entire WTC project and neighborhood.  As the acoustical consultant on the WTC Marketing Center design team (which included architects TPG Architecture and engineers AKF Group), we are excited that the public will have the chance to see (and hear) this brand new perspective on the future of the World Trade Center!

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Wall???

Chia HeadProbably at one time or another you had a Chia Pet or at least knew someone who did.  How about the Chia Car?  Well, the Ohio Department of Transportation has come up with an environmentally friendly, aesthetically pleasing sound barrier, the Chia Wall if you will.  The naturally “green” noise barrier will separate a residential neighborhood from a noisy next-door interstate and will be constructed of bags of soil and seeds – just add water.

International Green Construction Code open for comment

Public version 1.0 of the new International Green Construction Code (IgCC) was released this week by the International Code Council (ICC), opening the new model code document to public comments through mid-May.  Like other ICC codes, the IgCC is intended to be adopted into law by municipalities who want a robust, vetted basis for local building regulations—and this time, one with energy efficiency, sustainability, and environmental quality at its core.

According to the ICC, this new “green” code is intended to supplement or “overlay” the existing family of ICC codes, including the International Building Code that was adopted as law (with many local edits) by New York City in 2008.  The IgCC is also meant to be adopted as law, unlike voluntary green certifications like the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED system.

In the name of indoor environmental quality, this public draft of the IgCC contains a much broader set of acoustical requirements than the base International Building Code.  We hope this section attracts some productive public comments in the coming months, since good acoustics are critical to environmental quality.