The Empire Strikes Back!

The Empire Strikes Back!

By:  Julie Knight Nope! It is not another Star Wars episode. The Empire State Building is going environmentally friendly with a retrofit. And soon you can still gaze out of the same glass in the building’s thousands of windows. That’s because the glass in the building’s 6,500 windows will be reused even as the windows are strengthened. So the old windows will be used to make the windows triple-glazed. And the hope is to achieve a 38% energy reduction in cost. This green renovation, estimated to cost $20 million, is the product of the Clinton Climate Initiative, Jones Lang LaSalle, Johnson Controls Inc. and the Rocky Mountain Institute. And a savings of $4.4 million each year for the building will result from the green restructuring. “In retrofitting the Empire State Building for energy efficiency, we are looking for all opportunities to reuse or recycle existing materials, as well as to use recycled materials wherever possible,”  says Dana Schneider, a senior manager for projects at Jones Lang LaSalle The entire project is scheduled to be ready in 2013. And you can read more at here.  

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