Empire State Building

Some 80 years ago, a world class team of engineers and architects came together to design and build the Empire State Building, creating the tallest building in the world. Today, another world class team of building and sustainability experts has come together to make this awe-inspiring New York landmark one of the most energy efficient commercial buildings in the United States. 

Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle, the Rocky Mountain Institute , and the Clinton Climate Initiative, in the spirit of innovation and collaboration, have joined together to develop a blueprint to retrofit the Empire State Building using an innovative design process and state-of-the-art tools. 

The retrofit program will reduce the Empire State Building’s energy use by a remarkable 38% per year, placing it in the top 25% of all U.S. office buildings in terms of energy efficiency. Advanced information and automation technology provides the foundation for achieving significant energy and carbon reductions and creating high performance tenant workspaces. 

This ground-breaking process can be replicated in any existing multi-tenanted office building around the world. We invite you to explore the links on this page to learn how this innovative approach can be applied to your building. The world needs efficiency now…it’s never been more important.  

Empire State Building 80th anniversary

Watch the 80th anniversary on the Today Show

Empire State Building The Green Room.

Watch the Empire State Building story aired on Discovery Channel's The Green Room.

Performance Contracting

Performance Contracting Columns

Performance Contracting by Johnson Controls lets you improve your facility's energy efficiency without budgetary pressure.

Energy Efficiency Forum

Energy Efficiency Forum columns

Empire State Building owner, Anthony Malkin, spoke at the 2009 Annual Energy Efficiency Forum.  Listen to the audio.

Energy Efficiency
& Sustainability

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Efficiency makes sense for everything from the wallet to the environment.  Efficiency measure can be accomplished quickly, they're relatively easy, and there's a real payback.
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For more details about the project team, process, innovations and outcomes, visit esbsustainability.com