14 Sep '11, 12pm

Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

The Empire State Building in New York City has been awarded LEED-Gold for Existing Buildings certification, making it the most well known building in the US to receive green building certification from the US Green Building Council. The 2.85 million-square-foot building is celebrating its 80th anniversary and is nearing the completion of a $550 million renovation that includes an extensive energy efficiency retrofit initiated by the Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle and the Rocky Mountain Institute. The analytical model created by the team is non-proprietary and open-source and is being replicated at other properties around the world. The retrofit, conducted by Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) and Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL), is guaranteed to reduce the building's energy consumption by over 38%, saving $4.4 million in energy costs annually - a...

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