Empire State Building to get LEED certified

April 15, 2011 04:56PM

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is set to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification amidst its $550 million renovation to boost its sustainability. The changes are designed to decrease energy consumption by 38 percent, and include green features such as better-insulated windows and an upgraded air-conditioning system, according to Crain’s. Anthony Malkin, president of Malkin Holdings, an owner of the Empire State building and its assets manager, said that the changes were motivated by a desire to save energy and that the renovated building would merit a gold rating. A spokesperson for the U.S. Buildings Council, however, said that the organization does not disclose which rating a building will receive ahead of time. Malkin and his father Peter Malkin this week said they plan to create a publicly-traded company comprised of numerous New York City buildings, including the Empire State Building.

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