15 Sep '11, 3pm

The Empire State Building becomes the tallest LEED structure in the U.S. #LEED

15 Sep 2011: Empire State Building Becomes The U.S.’s Tallest LEED Structure The Empire State Building in New York City has been awarded LEED Gold certification following a two-year retrofit that is expected to cut energy use in the landmark building by 38 percent by 2013. Two Wikimedia Empire State Building years ago, the owners of the 102-story building began renovations they say will cut energy costs by $4.4 million, including a retrofit of its windows, improved insulation, and renovations to the cooling plant located in the basement. Malkin Holdings, which supervises the building, also agreed to buy 55 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually from Green Mountain Energy, a renewable energy and carbon offset retailer. Over 15 years, the renovations are expected to reduce the building’s carbon emissions by 105,000 metric tons. The green upgrades are part of a $...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/empire_state_building_becomes...

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