Reaching New Heights: The Greening of the Empire State Building

Acrophobes and the faint of heart need not apply. All others will be delighted to discover that the alpha male of skyscrapers, the Empire State Building, has reinvented itself as a supergreen structure. A top-to-bottom, four-year renovation of the historic landmark began in 2009, with the chief goal of maximizing energy savings. Like King Kong, construction workers clambered around the storied 102-story building, barely noticed by the stream of office workers and visitors that it swallows up every day. During the retrofit of the 86-year-old building, each one of its double-paned 6,514 windows was removed from its frame, taken apart, and cleaned. The original two glass panes were then sandwic

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