Convia announced that it has been selected as the lighting control provider for pre-built offices as part of the $20 million dollar Empire State Building retrofit project. Targeted at making the landmark a model of sustainability and propelling the nation’s interest in green building retrofits, the project is expected to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in the building by approximately 40% and put it within the top 10% of all energy efficient buildings worldwide.
The Empire State Building retrofit project is led by a team of consulting, design and construction partners, including the Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle and Rocky Mountain Institute. The Convia technology, on display this week at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, will play a critical role in the energy management of the Empire State Building’s pre-built tenant spaces, which other tenants may use as a model for energy efficiency within their own spaces. The building owners are looking to tenant participation to reduce energy consumption by 17%.
Convia is installed in a prototype office space on the building’s 42nd floor, which has been set up to reflect a Platinum LEED office. New and renewing tenants can visit the prototype for ideas on how they can design for maximum efficiency as well as employee productivity and comfort. Nearly 40% of tenant space will come up for renewal in the next four years.