Empire State Building Points the Way

NEW York’s famous Empire State Building is now ‘green’ through the success of its energy efficiency retrofit programme, and is now a model for sustainability upgrades in many other buildings.

The retrofit of the iconic building began in 2009 as part of the Clinton Global Initiative and has succeeded yet again to surpass the projected energy savings, reducing costs in the millions of dollars for tenants and the owners.

The team that designed and worked on the buildings retrofit are going to roll out the same model of work in almost another 100 U.S. commercial buildings.

The retrofit in the Empire State Building cost $500 million but not only reduced costs but also increased property values and made it evermore desirable to potential tenants due to the reduced utility costs and lower emissions.

The retrofit covered eight areas, all the lighting was switched to LED lighting, a building management system, web based energy monitoring and management system, upgrade to all 68 elevators and replacing the 6514 windows.

Using this model in other commercial real estate, and as commercial buildings consume 40% of the energy in the U.S. the energy efficiency retrofit program over many more buildings will have a major impact on the economy and the environment.

Picture of the Empire State Building by David Shankbone reproduced under CCL.

Thursday 11th July 2013

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