26 Dec '12, 2pm
Drumbeat: December 26, 2012
Posted by Leanan on December 26, 2012 - 10:13am New York City’s Law Tracking Energy Use Yields Some Surprises In courting tenants over the last six years, 7 World Trade Center has trumpeted its gold LEED rating, an emblem of sound environmental citizenship. But when it comes to energy efficiency, the young 52-story tower is far from a top performer, according to data released under a city law that tracks energy use in New York buildings. It had a score of 74 — just below the minimum of 75 set for high-efficiency buildings by the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program. On the other hand, two venerated show horses from the 1930s, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, sailed to an 84 and an 80 as a result of extensive upgrades of their insulation and mechanical systems. And the MetLife Building, a 1963 hulk looming over Grand Central Term...