A green building is simply an efficient building, a productive workplace and a healthy home. An efficient building is determined by its local environment and age. Workforce productivity is determined by the employees’ and residents’ interaction with their indoor environment.
- "What Does Green Mean?" The Durst Organization
- "Bottom-Line Benefits of Building Green," Douglas Durst Op-Ed, The Commercial Observer, 11 November 2009
Throughout the generations of building and managing New York City skyscrapers, the Dursts have always recognized the importance of efficiency and healthy indoor environments. The Durst Organization embraces innovative development, green practices and cutting-edge technology.
- "New York’s Green Building History," Urban Green, website of the U.S. Green Building Council New York Chapter
Through the years, the Dursts have found ways, large and small, to build green and maintain green. They decided to be a leader in green development following the refurbishment of their office portfolio in the 1990s. Jody and Douglas Durst raised the bar for efficiency in their fathers’ generation of buildings by implementing variable-frequency drives for ventiliation systems, new elevator technology, and energy-efficient lighting.
When Four Times Square was built in 1999, it was hailed as the nation’s first green skyscraper. And In 2008, The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park became the nation's first LEED Platinum skyscraper.
- "One Bryant Park: Making a point on the skyline," Metals in Construction, Spring 2008, pp. 19–27
- "One Bryant Park: The most ambitious eco-friendly skyscraper," Popular Science, 8 November 2005
Today, The Durst Organization maintains efficiency through its entire office portfolio by participating in the federal government’s expanded ENERGY STAR program. In 2006, The Durst Organization was named Top Performer in Commercial Real Estate among ENERGY STAR Leaders.
- Read more about the expanded Energy Star program at energystar.gov.
Leadership continues to push for a healthy and sustainable indoor environment by using certified cleaning products and a comprehensive office recycling program, as well renewable, reusable, and recyclable materials. For instance, the organization has used Carpet Cycle to recycle approximately 150,000 square feet of carpet and 140,000 square feet of acoustical ceiling tile by means of a comprehensive deconstruction program for office tenant moves and build-outs. And an innovative partnership with Office Depot offers tenants in Durst buildings significant savings on a wide range of green office products and supplies.
Since USGBC LEED certification became a metric for green buildings, the Dursts have sought to build towers with a minimum certification of Silver. The organization built two USGBC LEED Gold–certified residential buildings, The Helena and The Epic. In 2008, The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park became the nation’s first LEED Platinum skyscraper.
The Durst Organization continues to lead the way in environmentally responsible development, design, construction, and management.