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Empire State Building going green

In an effort to green itself, the tallest building in NYC is replacing each of its 6,514 double-hung, dual-pane windows…aka 26,056 panes of glass!

The cost of this project is a mere $13 million, and by ways of energy, is said to cut use by 38% and about $4.4 million per year (that’s impressive).

The building has earned a score of 90 (out of 100) from the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Energy Star” program. That means a building constructed at a size (102 stories), a time (1930) and a pace (about 14 months) not known for energy efficiency now ranks in the top 10th of commercial office buildings.

While this project is currently underway…most NYC residents (and even employees with offices in the Empire State Building) are probably unaware it’s even happening, since the windows are being removed and installed after office hours.

If you’re reading this AND you live in NYC…then you can consider yourself in the know.


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3 Responses

  1. Quint Magus says:

    And I wonder whether they can then face the cost of replacing the wing-nut I borrowed as a souvenir from the light fittings in the top observation tower many years ago…I always amazed that it never started to lean as a result… But enough of this flippancy! Back to more important matters: Business rules are for following, and following in good order, while if you tend to agree with me on this point then follow this link: as it may take you somewhere that you always wanted to go but didn’t previously know that you always wanted to get there.

  2. Lee says:

    That’s a 3 year project breakeven (not including financing charges, mafia kickbacks, and greasing the pols for permits – hey it IS NY!) Sweet!

    Now if they can resolve the thing about tossing a penny from the observation deck……..

  3. Don’t be mean — go, go green!

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