New York City’s most recognizable building is fast becoming the city’s greenest building. As part of the Empire State Building’s $520 million makeover, the city has spent the last couple of years upgrading the art-deco building to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Today, the landmark’s supervisor, Malkin Holdings, announced that the building is now the largest purchaser of renewable power in the state.
Other green renovations include the retrofitting of the building’s double hung operable windows, insulating behind the radiators, and rebuilding chillers in the cooling plant in the basement. Malkin Holdings hopes to cut the building’s energy use by 38 percent by 2013. The city’s buildings account for 78 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in New York City, so by switching to 100 percent sustainable energy, the Empire State Building is taking a big step toward making our city more Earth friendly.
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