Empire State Building Turns Green!

March 11, 2011 / No Comments

The Empire State Building in New York is by far the city’s most famous landmark, and now with a little funding of $100 million the building is almost self-sustainable as far as energy needs are concerned. In January, reports had suggested that the building will be able to make for itself all the energy needed through wind. Now the building owners are leasing ready-made green office spaces which are awaiting LEED’s commercial certification.

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W&H Properties along with Jones Lang LaSalle have built the eco-friendly, ready-to-occupy office spaces. The featured tenant spaces have occupant-controlled HVAC systems, recycled-content and reclaimed interior finishes, natural daylighting, and submetered electricity.

The tenants will also hugely benefit from the transition of the building’s 12-year-old glass to 6,514 double-pane windows with more reflective properties that will reduce solar heat gain by 50 percent and save the building $400,000 in annual energy costs.

Added to that, the spectacular Manhattan view offered by the tall building and the employees will love to be in their offices.

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In spite of the current economic crisis, W&H has successfully leased out spaces to Turkish Airlines, the Aberleen Group, X5 Music Group, and Napoli Bern Ripka LLP. These four office spaces span 15,000 square feet and lie between the 53rd and 75th floors.

The three remaining portions ranging from 3000 to 4000 square feet haven’t found any buyers and are up for grabs. Thrilled by the success and the pace at which the spaces were leased, W&H is considering to bring the plan to its other properties.

(Via Inhabitat)