Building better buildings

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Though most of our greenhouse gas emissions and energy use is related to jet fuel and planes, we operate too many buildings to ignore their environmental impact. Our footprint expands beyond the airports we serve to the Support Centers where our crewmembers work to support the daily operations.
Pictures of T5

Green buildings

Terminal 5 is our home terminal at JFK, which gives us the freedom to use smart-building techniques.

  • A strategic use of natural light includes T5's glazed landslide façade, abundant glazing and light monitors in the concourses, clearstories in the ticket hall and marketplace and an open light shaft connecting the first departures level with the baggage area below
  • Daylight sensors, large windows, and light monitors and clearstories allow for abundant natural light
  • Use of fresh-air economizers with air handling units
  • Easy and direct access to public transportation (connection to AirTrain)
  • Reduction of heat-island effect on the roof via a light colored roofing material that reflects solar radiation
  • Revolving doors at entrance to ticket hall from exterior help maintain consistent temperature
Pictures of Long Island City Support Center

Long Island City Support Center:

  • In March 2012, we moved approximately 1,000 crewmembers into our new Support Center in Long Island City, NY (LSC). The office features an open plan design, letting lots of natural light permeate the floors. Glass fronts on all office and conference rooms further increase the flow of sunlight.
  • LSC has received the Brewster Building's recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as having achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED EB) Silver certification.
  • During construction, all demolition was certified at 90 percent recycled, reducing the amount of waste. The construction team also reused many existing materials, such as ceiling tiles, sprinkler pipes and other ductwork.
  • All furniture and carpet is made of sustainable, recycled materials.
  • Providing centralized business centers for printing, copying and faxing reduces the energy consumption of printers and the amount of toner waste. Excess paper is recycled.
  • All appliances are Energy Star-certified and the HVAC system uses high-efficiency motors with economizers.