The Empire State Building: A World Class – and Green!

The Empire State Building: A World Class – and Green!

March 12, 2018

The Empire State Building has brought its roots to the roof. Let us explain.

Two centuries ago, the land where the iconic building stands was the site of a family farm.  After passing – often contentiously – through the hands of various city scions and politicians, in 1930, 350 5th Avenue saw a hotel razed and ground broken for The Empire State Building: the tallest building in the world for almost four decades.

The history of the Empire State Building has, at times, been fraught. For a multiplicity of reasons, people have fought and even died at the Empire State Building.

Things began looking up (excuse the pun) beginning in 2009, when current owners committed to green energy. The Building was retrofitted for greater efficiency in 2012: among other things windows were replaced and multiple efficiency systems installed.

More recently, green roof systems were installed on the 21st, 25th, and 30th floors. All four of the green roofs are made of grass and amount to 9,100 square feet. Trying to imagine how big 9,100 square feet is? It’s approximately the same size as the former home of Real House Wife of New Jersey Melissa Gorga.  

The green roofs on the 21st floor include patios “for the enjoyment of office tenants.” When we looked it up, we found a company specializing in quantitative data about the stock market may be among the tenants with the sweet – and green – view. 

The Empire State Building wants to reduce total energy usage by more than 38%, energy costs by $4.4 million annually and carbon emissions by 105,000 metric tons over the next 15 years.Being a world icon means setting a world-class example,” the Empire State Building says. We couldn’t agree more.