The renowned Empire State Building has been accorded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification. The new laurel makes one of the tallest buildings in the world more inspiring in terms of eco-friendliness.
The certification has been accorded for the green revamping that took more than two years to complete at the tallest structure in US. The refurbishing included changing the windows with double hung operable windows along with setting up an energy efficient heating and cooling system.
These remarkable changes will reduce the senescent building energy expenditure by more than 38 percent, there by gaining around $4.4 million in energy costs. Carbon emissions of this building are expected to reduce by an estimated 105,000 metric tons over the next 15 years.
The uplifting was done by the Johnson Controls along with LaSalle. Anthony Malkin of the Empire State Building Company also has plans to buy a total of 55 million kilowatt hours of renewable power from Green Mountain Energy, enough to run the entire building errands. This will add up to the making this building more carbon neutral.
The eco upgrade which had cost around $100 million is only a fraction of the greater $550 million Empire State ReBuilding Program. Apart from the upgrades in energy usage and source, many sustainable practices have been now followed in the building’s operations.
Environment-friendly practices including new cleaning supplies, low-flow fixture bathrooms and pest control are now deployed. Recycled papers are used for office works. Also new paints, carpets, and wall-coverings (all low-VOC} made from recycled materials are used for prepping green office spaces for LEED Commercial Interiors certification.
A 3,500-square-foot pre-built space on the 42nd floor has already scored LEED Platinum certification. Officials have made the green upgrade and analytical model open-source and non-proprietary for encouraging duplication of these facilities in other buildings.