Empire State Building and Sears Tower to Go Green

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Now the world will get to witness two of the United States largest, iconic and famous building become Green.

The Green Building community as been growing more every year as home owners are wanting more energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes. But over the past few years more commercial buildings are becoming LEED certified (green certified). Many of these commercial buildings are owned by companies that want to make a green statement or recognized for better environmental practices. But regardless the reason it is saving energy, reducing CO2 emissions and making these public building more environmentally friendly.

Now the world will get to witness two of the United States largest, iconic and famous building become Green. Well King Kong helped make this building famous and now the USGBC’s LEED program will make it famous again. Yes the Empire State Building is preparing for a major Green renovation along with Chicago’s Sears Tower.

The Empire State Building is prepared to undergo an energy efficient remodel which will help the buildings energy efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and save on a huge utility bill. It is estimated to cost nearly $20 million dollars to complete with an estimated $4.4 savings annually in utility costs. The 3.8 million visitors a year will now be able to share this sustainable story along with the history of this great building.

The Sears Tower has a much larger price tag at $350 million to complete. The estimated savings have not been calculated yet. It is estimated to take 5 years to complete with many more added features than the Empire State Building. Some of these added green features are wind turbines, solar panels, green landscaped roofs and main upgrades to the lighting and ventilation system.

Buildings of this size make a huge impact on our energy source and contribute greatly to the excess of CO2. Remodels of this magnitude will demonstrate the need for more large commercial buildings to upgrade.

These two US icons will make a great statement for the commercial green building and will provide just another reason to make the trip to these incredible buildings.

America.gov, the U.S. Department of State’s public diplomacy website, has produced a video highlighting the Empire State Rebuilding project. The short documentary (02:22), takes an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the retrofit project with examples of commonsense measures being taken to conserve energy.

The video features interviews with Anthony E. Malkin, the owner of the Empire State Building; project executives from Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle; and building tenant Skanska. The video also includes an interview with Scot Horst, Executive Vice President of LEED at the U.S. Green Building Council.

>>The video is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKnxDcIUfdY

 

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