Let the Sun Light Up Skyscrapers (Scientific American)

Skyscrapers could be called sunscrapers if more began to follow the model of The New York Times‘ Manhattan headquarters. Scientific American reports that the NYT building has reduced its energy consumption by 24 percent by using the sun to light the building. “Floor-to-ceiling windows let sunlight flood into the office space and sensors then dim the internal lights to save energy,” SA describes.

If New York City offices, which together make up 10 percent of all the office space in the entire country, relied more on sunshine — and turned off the lights at night — the city could save $70 million a year.

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