This building is a breath of fresh air

Ever wonder if the reason it feels so good to come home from work at the end of the day might be because the commercial building you’re working in wasn’t designed with your health in mind?

Maybe there are other reasons, but it’s true that commercial buildings often suffer from poor airflow and lack of windows (you don’t realize how much you miss them until you don’t have one). They also devour water and energy, leaving much room for improvement.

Enter the PNC Tower in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scheduled to open next summer, this tower could potentially be the greenest building in the world. Specialized technology is being implemented by NECA firm Lighthouse Electric and IBEW Local #5, including a climate control system that aims to operate using no more energy than it produces for up to 30 percent of the time. This involves a solar chimney that allows the building to breathe, circulating air and warming and cooling it as needed.

If this design is effective we may see a revolution in the way office buildings are constructed. How’s that for a breath of fresh air?

Read the full article (and see the video) here: NECA-IBEW Teams Help in Construction of the PNC Tower – a Building that Breathes!

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