The owners of the Empire State Building have unveiled plans to improve it’s energy efficiency by turning it into a green building.
Malkin Holdings have invested $13 million this year into the structure with the aim of putting it ‘back on the map’.
According to the Guardian, the makeover is expected to cut the building’s energy use by almost 40%, which in turn, will reduce bills by more than $4m.The owners are planning on retrofitting the windows along with repositioning office furniture in a way that minimizes excessive energy use.
President of the Company, Anthony Malkin said:
“We’re showing what’s possible without even installing a single solar panel, or a wind turbine or a geothermal unit, and you don’t need additional grid capacity or any new power plants.”
“This is low-hanging fruit that can be plucked easily and we should be getting on with it as quickly as possible.”
The Empire State Building’s retrofit will cut its carbon footprint by more than 100,000 metric tonnes over the next 15 years. Such a cut is equivalent to taking 20,000 cars off the road.
Article by Kate R., appearing courtesy Celsias.
photo: Francisco Diez