One World Trade Center and the four other tallest buildings in America

The new One World Trade Center tower is taking over as New York City’s tallest from the Empire State Building. But it’s not the country’s tallest. Here are the five tallest buildings in the country.

5. Bank of America Tower, New York City

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A full moon rises just behind the Bank of America Tower in midtown Manhattan in New York in this November 2010 file photo.

The Bank of America Tower, formerly One Bryant Park, is the country’s fifth tallest building, rising 1,200 feet above midtown Manhattan in New York.

The $1-billion building, completed in 2009, was designed to be one of the most efficient and ecologically friendly buildings in the world. Technologies such as floor-to-ceiling insulating glass to contain heat and maximize natural light, an automatic daylight dimming system, and a greywater system, which captures rainwater for re-use, have earned it the title of Best Tall Building in America, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Additionally, Bank of America states that the building is made largely of recycled and recyclable materials.

In 2010, the 55-story office building officially achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum status from the US Green Building Council. It was the first building of its kind to do so. 

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