The Empire strikes back

The Empire State Building is going green, following the unveiling of a landmark energy sustainability programme for the iconic property by Jones Lang LaSalle and its programme partners that will reduce the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 38%.

Once completed, the building is expected to achieve an Energy Star score of 90, placing it in the top 10% of efficiency for Class A buildings, a major feat for a pre-war property. In addition, the Empire State Building will pursue LEED Gold building certification.

Jones Lang LaSalle serves as programme manager of a highly collaborative team under the direction of Anthony E. Malkin of the Empire State Building Company to develop the first comprehensive approach to model steps for the reduction of energy consumption, and to share details of the process to create a replicable model for energy projects in buildings around the world.  This programme provides an economically sound path for owners of existing buildings to pursue responsible energy management profitably.

“This innovative process, which has developed new modelling and programme development techniques, offers a clear path to adoption around the world, leading to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,” said Anthony E. Malkin of building owner, Empire State Building Company. “Along with other steps taken, in recycling waste and construction debris, use of recycled materials, and green cleaning and pest control products, the model built at the Empire State Building will meaningfully speed the reduction in energy consumption and environmental impact and allow more sustainable operations – while simultaneously enhancing profitability.”

 “In defining these innovate procedures, the Empire State Building team has demonstrated a strong business case for energy efficient retrofits with positive environmental results,” said Raymond Quartararo, International Director and programme lead for Jones Lang LaSalle. “By pursuing these strategies owners can save millions of dollars and enhance asset values while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a win-win for owners, tenants and the global environment.”

The Empire State Building’s retrofit programme carries an initial cost of approximately $20 million and will result in annual energy savings of $4.4 million once implementation is complete, with the majority of work expected to take place within two years. The programme will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 105,000 metric tons over the next 15 years, equivalent to the annual emissions of 17,500 cars.

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