One might think that a $4.4 million per year savings and a full return on investment in just over 3 years, representing a 38.5 percent total energy savings, a lighting energy reduction of 65 percent using Lutron lighting controls, an Energy Star 90 and LEED EBOM Gold rating would make a highly competitive building owner tempted to keep his magic formula a secret. Not so.
The secrets were unveiled at a press conference on, July 17th held on the renovated observation floor of the Empire State Building. This event might have just as easily been a seminar for building owners hosted by one of New York’s most esteemed building owners, Anthony Malkin, President of Malkin Properties and owner of the iconic structure.
Owner of the Empire State Building Anthony Malkin talks about his commitment to going green and why he thinks conserving energy is so important.
Malkin has a personal commitment to help every building, no matter the owner — to be green and sustainable. He hosted this press event to tout the virtues of wireless energy and lighting controls, and on this particular day, to highlight the Lutron lighting controls that have begun to roll out in, as Malkin likes to say, “the world’s most famous office building.”
“My commitment is whenever somebody is doing work with us that has good impact on us, I want to share that with the rest of the world. The fact of the matter is that if we only succeed at the Empire State Building, we have failed, “says Malkin. “There are hundreds of equivalents of ‘Empire State Buildings’ in New York City and thousands around the world.”
Malkin has dedicated a lot of his time and is committed to the cause of green buildings and sustainability. He and his wife Shelly started a center, “about sustainable, profitable change, scalable for industry in America,” at The Natural Resources Defense Council, where she has been on the board of trustees for over 15 years.
Hear from the team that developed the solutions that lead to the savings at the Empire State Building.
In October of 2006 the Empire State Rebuilding Project was launched with Malkin’s team made up of people from the Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle (a real estate firm) and the Rocky Mountain Institute. “The reality is that what we really focused on initially, is how do we draw attention to the building and differentiate it? What we came to in the end was that it was very important for us to be very green. That was our starting point” said Malkin.
“The big issue for us at the Empire State Building has been to take the building from this international icon — this well-known image on the New York skyline — and actually make the inside of the building relevant,” says Malkin.
Malkin cites that 80 percent of the energy in New York City is consumed by buildings and that