The Upper Green Side Weekly Eco-Tip for August 14/15, 2010
(Available at the 92nd and 82nd St Greenmarkets, and archived online.)
Empire State ReBuilding for Sustainability
People all over the world know the Empire State Building, one of the most prominent buildings in the New York City skyline. The building is about to undergo a massive $500 million+ makeover with an expected 38 percent energy reduction at the end of the project.
Work on the first phase of the project has already begun and should be finished by the end of 2010. The second phase involves the tenant spaces and should be completed in late 2013.
According to PR Newswire, “the team analyzed the steps to be taken in conjunction with other steps towards sustainability as part of the Empire State ReBuilding program within the framework of the existing USGBC LEED rating system. Internal calculations show that the Empire State Building will be able to qualify for GOLD certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings, and ownership intends to pursue such certification.”
A variety of projects are scheduled including an upgrade to the tenant lighting systems, the glass windows will be refurbished, and tenants will have individual energy management systems.
The Empire State Building isn’t the only structure undergoing a grand scale energy retrofit in the United States right now. in the midst of an energy efficient upgrade.