Johnson Controls Empire State Building efficiency is a successful model that needs to be studied and emulated by other office building and commercial properties all over the world. It is true that in thick urban cities like New York, commercial buildings are responsible for eighty percent of energy use and 20 % of greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore it is these building that need to be urgently looked into if we want to protect our environment and reduce energy costs. It is a challenge for the building owners to make the changes and investment in meeting the objectives while still making good business sense.
As Empire State Building saves millions of dollars in first year of energy efficiency plan, it is a good and a strong indication, that it is possible to introduce such changes and save millions of dollars by cutting energy costs and increasing efficiency as well as make a positive environmental impact. The commercial buildings all across the world need to implement energy-efficient equipment and systems to lower down their energy consumption while increasing their real estate value. Well it is not a simple task but it is not impossible too.
Empire State Building, the famous landmark in New York and an international icon carries more than two million square feet of offices and retail space that is rentable. Welcoming nearly four million visitors annually to its observatory; it is one of the largest broadcast facilities in the world. It was made in 1939 and it was a real challenge for Johnson Controls and other team members like Clinton Climate Change Initiative, Jones Lang LaSalle, Rocky Mountain Institute to demonstrate that it was possible and could be done. And it really required a team effort to make it happen. They have been able to create a replicable plan to minimize energy usage and operating costs. The aim is to help Empire State Building reducing its carbon footprint and be a model for other commercial offices and buildings.