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Empire State Building

Empire State Building Exceeds Energy Efficiency Savings

The energy efficiency program at the Empire State Building has exceeded guaranteed energy savings for the second year in a row, saving $2.3 million, according to the team that developed the energy efficiency program comprised of the Empire State Building, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle, and the Rocky Mountain Institute. … Read more »

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Free LEED Certification For Groundbreaking Projects Abroad

With the aim of broadening the reach of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and accelerating the growth of sustainable development in new markets, the US Green Building Council will offer free LEED certification to the first projects to certify in 112 countries abroad. The LEED Earth initiative will … Read more »

Lutron Lights Empire State Building, Cutting Payback Time in Half

Lutron Electronics will provide a lighting control system for the Empire State Building’s tenant spaces, expected to save the iconic New York landmark as much as 65 percent in lighting-energy costs. The Lutron system, developed with Empire State Building property manager Jones Lang LaSalle, includes wireless components, occupancy/vacancy sensors that … Read more »

Empire State Building Upgrade Saves $2.4M in First Year

A major upgrade of the Empire State Building has saved $2.4 million in the first full year since the bulk of the work was completed, exceeding efficiency guarantees by 5 percent, the project’s partners said. Contractor Johnson Controls has guaranteed through a $20 million performance contract the project will reduce … Read more »

EPA Reveals Green Leadership Award Winners

Google, Intel, Kohl’s, Staples and the Empire State Building were among the winners of the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Awards, presented yesterday in San Francisco. The awards, made in conjunction with the Department of Energy and the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions, are designed to recognize organizations, programs and individuals … Read more »

NYSE Installs Serious Energy Glass

Serious Energy Inc. has installed its super-insulating SeriousGlass in the New York Stock Exchange building. The retrofit will increase the thermal performance of the stock exchange by almost 60 percent and reduce solar heat gain by 40 percent compared to the original glass, according to Serious Energy. The new glass … Read more »

Empire State Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification

The Empire State Building has been awarded LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification. It is the tallest and almost certainly the best-known building in the U.S. to receive the award, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, the company that managed the retrofit. Johnson Controls and Jones Lang LaSalle conducted the retrofit, … Read more »

Serious Materials Rebrands as Serious Energy

Serious Materials has changed its name to Serious Energy, reflecting the company’s growing suite of energy software services and energy-efficiency building products. The firm behind the complete refurbishment of all 6,514 windows in the Empire State Building (pictured) has a portfolio of products includind SeriousEnergy Manager, a cloud-based software system … Read more »

Empire State Building’s Windows Technology Now Being Sold for Commercial Use

Serious Materials’ energy efficiency technology for windows, used in the high-profile retrofitting of the Empire State Building, is now being sold for commercial properties. The iWindow is a thin material frame containing the company’s own SeriousGlass, which is installed on the inside of existing windows. This then improves the thermal … Read more »

Roundup – Toyota, HSBC, Empire State

Toyota to launch green-car barrage in 2012 CNet HSBC Drops Indonesian Palm Oil After Illegal Deforestation Report Triple Pundit Empire State Building goes green, one window at a time USA Today USPS Sustainability Officer Talks to CEIL About Green Activities Web Wire Hydrocarbons in Cereal Stoke New Debate Over Food … Read more »

Philly’s Comcast Center Now Tallest U.S. LEED Building

At 58 stories, the Comcast Center in downtown Philadelphia has earned the title of tallest LEED certified building in the United States. The building recently earned LEED Gold status for its core and shell, reports Inhabitat. The building, which stands 975 feet tall, takes advantage of high performance glass and … Read more »

‘Green’ Buildings a Mixed Bag as Budgets Contract

While green renovations at high-profile office buildings are fetching higher occupancy and rental rates, green building projects at public utility agencies are being forced to scale back plans due to budget constraints. Both types of projects are still driving the need for accredited professionals with expertise in green building practices. … Read more »