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The debate on the Bank of America Tower

It all started with Sam Roudman's article in The New Republic, Bank of America's Toxic Tower: New York's "greenest" skyscaper is actually its biggest energy hog As editor of architecture and design I had written about this building twice, including a post where I noted that it has been called "The World's Greenest Skyscraper". I objected to a lot of Roudman's post and countered with LEED-bashing: Is the Bank of America Building really a "toxic tower"? .

Roudman responded in Metropolis with The Debate on the Bank of America Tower Continues. and I run out of gas with The debate on the Bank of America Tower continues, Round 4

In the end, I feel that Roudman makes some good points, that the LEED certification for the building (and ignoring the tenant) is confusing, and that it is all very complicated.