One of the biggest challenges in greening our cities lies in reducing the energy consumption of existing buildings. Newer constructions are built with efficiency in mind, but older buildings (such as the iconic Empire State Building) were erected without even a passing thought to carbon emissions.
The Clinton Climate Initiative has been working with cities around the world to implement large scale projects to reduce emissions and energy consumption, and has just announced the $20 million dollar eco-renovation of the Empire State Building, reports CleanTechnica. The tallest building in New York will receive new, triple-glazed, insulated windows (to increase efficiency in the summer and winter), an upgraded lighting system, new furnaces, and updated air conditioning systems, according to Clean Technica. The renovations are expected to lower the building's energy consumption by 38-percent.
The improvements are expected to pay for themselves within approximately three years of their completion, projected to occur by the end of 2010. Additional improvements made to tenant areas will continue through 2013, and may yield further reductions in energy consumption.
The hope is that the project will be used as a template for others to retrofit aging buildings with new technology and, as a result, to help reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. [From: CleanTechnica Via: New Scientist]
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