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November 2006

Commercial structure largest built with recycled industrial materials

A large commercial development in Syracuse, New York, will be the world’s largest structure to be built with recycled industrial materials, incorporate energy efficient features and reduced emissions.

The developers of Destiny USA, a multi-use project, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) promising to use a variety of environmentally sustainable practices.

Destiny USA has agreed to:

  • Employ green building techniques;
  • Become a partner in EPA’s Resource Conservation Challenge, WaterSense, and Energy Star programs;
  • Use more than 3,000 tons of coal ash in concrete, reducing greenhouse gases by more than 3,000 tons;
  • Retrofit more than 100 construction trucks to reduce emissions by 85 percent;
  • Incorporate hybrid and diesel vehicles in to its fleet;
  • Promote EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership to its carriers, shippers, and tenants to reduce truck emissions;
  • Begin a commuter benefits program.

EPA is asking developers nationwide to expand their use of recycled industrial materials including coal combustion products, foundry sand and construction and demolition debris.

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