Two more high profile, Class A Midtown office buildings have earned LEED-EB: OM certification from USGBC, pushing New York City’s total number of LEED-EB ratings to nearly 50.
LinkedIn’s continued and increasing presence at the Empire State Building could have repercussions for technology and media industry tenants that are looking for space throughout the Midtown and Midtown South submarkets.
A free app for iPhone and Android devices is an important new resource for the green building industry, allowing users to easily and quickly compare Energy Star data for 1 billion square feet of real estate across North America.
After energy and water infrastructure upgrades over the past year, the Chrysler Building now joins the Empire State Building with dual Energy Star and LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Gold certification.
New York City’s second tallest building is in the midst of upgrading its iconic exterior facade and mast lights with 1200 LED fixtures that should drop lighting expenditures by 75 percent, saving the building over $4.4 million annually.
After improving on its 2008 and 2009 ranks (12th and 10th) in 2010 (5th), New York City held steady by placing 6th on EPA’s list in 2011. But in terms of total floor area and annual cost savings the much denser Big Apple performed quite well, ranking third and second overall in those two categories.
The 2011-12 BOMA/NY Pinnacle Awards were handed out earlier this month and this year’s set of entrants were a bumper crop: the field included the highest total of LEED- and Energy Star-rated buildings in the competition’s history.
Hot acronym-on-acronym action: NYSERDA’s Energy Star Homes green retrofit program receives the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 Leadership in Housing Award.
The Hamptons: beautiful and still comparatively unspoiled in parts and near enough to Amagansett’s “Lunch” restaurant and the great St. Peter’s Catch Fish Store and Channing Daughters winery and a bunch of other cool things that it’s hard not to like it. While neither Stephen nor I spends much time in the Hamptons (you’ve probably guessed that I’ve logged some off-season time in Montauk), we have spent some time on Southampton at gbNYC, thanks to some extraordinary green buildings and a solar-powered pool and a forward-thinking bit of legislation from last year that held all new construction residential buildings in Southampton to Energy Star standards. Which is pretty great for a bunch of reasons, and is made that much greater by the announcement that they’re now mandating the same standard for commercial buildings. In the Southampton News, Jessica DiNapoli reports on the discussion leading up to the writing of the amendment back in early February, and finds things surprisingly civil, logical and forward-thinking.
This impressive 7000-square-foot home is the first in New Jersey to earn a Gold rating under the National Association of Home Builders’ Green Building Program.