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The iconic U.N. Headquarters is in the midst of a $1.8 billion renovation aptly named the “Capital Master Plan.” However, you won’t be seeing any construction on the Turtle Bay area buildings, as the overhaul is mainly focused on internal design. Not only are technology and security being updated with state of the art capabilities, but the Master Plan is also calling for a green cleaning, swapping out old interior designs and habits from the 1950s for new and sustainable features, with the aim of granting the building LEED Silver status.

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Completed in 1952, the U.N. Headquarters is one of the most famous buildings on the island of Manhattan. The Capital Master Plan, which started in 2007, aims to bring the U.N. building up to the modern standards of its neighboring skyscrapers with a whole slew of green ideas. Isolated offices will be broken down and opened up for more team areas built out of eco-friendly materials, and a new waste management system will be incorporated, reducing the building’s water consumption by 40 percent.

Energy saving will also be a big player in the new U.N. design. Green technology and double glazed curtain walls will improve insulation and natural light throughout the offices while reducing energy use by over 50 percent, shrinking the U.N. Headquarter’s carbon footprint by nearly half! The roofs will be covered in photovoltaic rays to help collect and store solar power, while water re-use systems and even wind turbines are on the list of possibilities for the final plan. Planned for completion in 2014, the U.N. Headquarters will be greener than ever.

+ UN Headquarters Capital Master Plan

via Arch Daily

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