Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold for Operations
One of the largest energy-saving features of the building-wide project is a retrofit system that preserves the historic glass and window frames from the iconic building’s 6,514 windows, turning them into super-insulated glazing units that include suspended, coated film. “By earning LEED Gold, the Empire State Building has sent a powerful message that green buildings don’t have to be new,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, in a press release.
The 2.85-million-square-foot building, completed in 1931, is also a National Historic Landmark. The offices of one tenant, Swedish construction company Skanska, earned LEED for Commercial Interiors certification at the Platinum level on the same day.
Published October 5, 2011