Empire State Building Goes Green

Going green — By Stephanie on July 31, 2010 at 6:04 am
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The famous NYC landmark is going green

The Empire State Building in New York City has long been one of Manhattan’s most noteworthy structures and was one of the Seven Wonders of the World originally.

Although its no longer the tallest building, it soon may be one of the greenest!  A new $13 million retrofit aims to cut energy costs by 40% and save the CO2 equivalent of taking 20,000 cars off the road.  While all that eco-friendly news is great for the environment, the building’s owners are also saving their own “green,” by cutting $4 million out of annual operating costs.

The cost of the retrofit of the Empire State Building will be fully recouped in just 3 years.

The greening of the Empire State Building includes:

  • Replacement of all windows in the building with more efficient insulated panes
  • Use of a wireless network that allows valves and vents to be monitored and centrally controlled.
  • Installation of smart air circulation systems for more efficient HVAC
  • Replacement of light fixtures with energy-efficient models
  • Encouraging tenants to access and review information at a website that records energy usage and compares it with other tenants in the city

President of the Malkin Holding (management company for the Empire State Building), Anthony Malkin commented:

“We’re showing what’s possible without even installing a single solar panel, or a wind turbine or a geothermal unit, and you don’t need additional grid capacity or any new power plants.”

Greening the Empire State Building is certainly the biggest news since the structure regained its status as the tallest building in NYC in 2001. Hopefully, other existing structures will take its lead and also go green to save money and the environment.

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