For the past few weeks, we have reported on Florida buildings and homes that achieved LEED certification. While Florida is home to the greenest house in the country, a very well known New York building has recently been awarded LEED-Gold certification, and it’s making headlines.
The world-famous Empire State Building has been a must-see New York City landmark since 1931. The 102-story skyscraper received the LEED-Gold for Existing Buildings certification, making it the most well-known building in the United States to receive green building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The 2.85 million-square-foot superstructure is also celebrating its 80th anniversary, and is nearing the completion of a $550 million renovation that includes “an extensive energy efficiency retrofit initiated by the Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle and the Rocky Mountain Institute,” according to Reuters.
Conducted by Johnson Controls and Jones Lang LaSalle, the retrofit is guaranteed to reduce the building’s carbon footprint by reducing energy consumption by over 38 percent, saving about $4.4 million in annual energy costs, and the implementation would pay for itself over three years. “By earning LEED Gold, the Empire State Building has sent a powerful message that green buildings don’t have to be new – even the most iconic, historic buildings, as grand in scale as in reputation, can be among the most high-performing, energy-efficient, green buildings,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC.
The Empire State Building is the first major culturally iconic building to obtain LEED-Gold certification in the United States, setting an example for organizations across the country. While many feel that the initial cost of implementing a building automation system is too steep, the energy cost savings pay for the price of installation in a relatively short period of time. If you are interested in building automation, energy management, lighting control or other related solutions, contact Advanced Control Corporation today. Maintaining a solid reputation since 1987, Advanced Control is one of the finest controls companies in South Florida.