The structure located at 41 Cooper Square in New York City is the first academic building in the state to be awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Platinum status, according to The Epoch Times.
While individuals not familiar with green technology may think that the building's exterior is strange-looking and unappealing, the design was meant to deflect the heat of the sun during the hot summer months in Manhattan, reported the news source.
The 11-story building also features a roof that insulates while reusing rainwater and reducing runoff in order to maintain a green existence for the structure. More than 600,000 gallons of water are recycled each year because of the innovative design, according to the Times.
The news source reported that the building also utilizes a radiant heating system to maximize energy efficiency and to provide warmth during the cold winter months.
A radiant heating system works well in large buildings, due to the fact that the technology provides a more even distribution of warmth than a traditional system. The technology helps limit the temperature difference between the floor and ceiling to two-to-three degrees, as opposed to the more than 10 degree difference that more conventional systems create.