Green Building/Remodeling The Empire State Building will become 40% more energy efficient

Published on July 28th, 2009 | by Reenita Malhotra


The Empire State Building Goes Green

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It’s not just the people in America who are becoming energy efficient. Some of America’s most well known buildings are making the transition to green living. It’s probably just as well – the iconic structures of America, after all, set the example not just for the country, but for the rest of the world!

photo by punxutawneyphilThe Empire State Building will become 40% more energy efficient

The Empire State Building will become 40% more energy efficient tells us that the nation is adapting to the environmental challenges of tomorrow, by renovating even its most iconic building — the Empire State Building. The historic landmark is undergoing a range of energy-saving technology upgrades to make it 40 percent more efficient.

Green “retrofit” projects such as this one, are proving to be an example for young architects in training. Architecture professor Walter Grondzik (of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana) told

“while academic programs tend to focus on designing new buildings that are sustainable from the start, “a lot of practitioners are aware of retrofitting as a potential growth industry.”

Watch this video to learn more about the greening of the Empire State Building.

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Reenita Malhotra Hora is an Ayurveda clinician, entrepreneur, writer and mom. Her experience has ranged from running Ayoma, an Ayurveda business to running a natural health practice at San Francisco's California Pacific Medical Center. Reenita is a published author of two books books about health and wellness: ‘Ayurveda - the Natural Medicine of India’ and ‘Inner Beauty’. She is also the Editor for Green Options Media's business blogs and a freelance writer for a variety of print and web publications. In quieter moments, she likes to spend her time hiking, swimming the warm seas, cooking with the family or writing fantasy fiction adventure stories for kids from from 2 to 92. Check out her wisdom at

6 Responses to The Empire State Building Goes Green

  1. Erin says:

    I heard they’re going to install air purifiers throughout the building to deal with indoor air pollutants.

    Do you know if this is true?

    i did a bit of research on it and was surprised to find out how rampant indoor pollutants really.

    See –

  2. deborah says:

    yess it’s truee!!!! i just heard it on CNN…..all the way from venezuela…

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  5. zeph says:

    It’s good to see our major cities starting to catch up and become more green like many of the smaller population areas of our nation. Some of whom have been doing it for a decade or more.

    A good example and inspiration for greening up our major cities and towns is to look at Greensburg, Kansas and implementing, where we can, some of their methods and technologies for making energy usage and other aspects more environmentally-friendly.

    We need to make being more ‘green’ into something more than just a feel-good trend. We need to turn into something we just normally do.

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