NEW YORK — The ground-breaking energy efficiency work at the Empire State Building
has achieved a milestone on its journey for sustainability leadership in the commercial real estate community by receiving an ENERGY STAR
rating of 90 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), according to a press release.
The designation for the Empire State Building signifies that the property''s energy performance is in the top tenth percentile of all commercial office buildings, new and old, across the nation. An ENERGY STAR rating of 90 was a stated objective in the iconic property''s overall sustainability retrofit initiative launched in April 2009, the release stated.
In April 2009 President Bill Clinton, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the Empire State Building partnership team consisting of the Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle, and the Rocky Mountain Institute announced details of an energy retrofit as part of a $550 million upgrade program, the release noted.
Anthony E. Malkin of Malkin Holdings, which directs the operation of the international icon on behalf of building owner Empire State Building Company, stated, "Receiving an ENERGY STAR rating of 90 out of 100 is a significant accomplishment for any building, and an especially groundbreaking accomplishment for our Pre-War Trophy Empire State Building."
"With the building''s overall energy efficiency retrofit project still in progress, we may see a higher number when all of the initiatives are completed," Malkin added.