NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Several New York City skyscrapers are working to become more energy efficient.
They are reducing their carbon footprint, while saving money in the process.
As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reports, One Court Square was one of the city’s first squares to be refitted with cooling and energy systems to be more energy-efficient, environmentally and cost-effective.
“Con Ed contributed a substantial amount of money, in the form of discounts. And there is this opportunity for every building in New York,” said Peter Baracskai of Cushman and Wakefield.
On the 5th floor, there are new, high-tech chillers and systems that can reduce capacity levels in intelligent, automated ways, like in some high-tech homes.
“The energy we save is recovered within a year,” says Peter Rosenthal of Savanna Partners. “If you’re looking from the air at a thermal scan of a city, hopefully one day you’ll go from red, down to pink, and hopefully blue.”
“We are really monitoring energy on every floor,” said One Court Square chief engineer Fred Varone. “No more thorns… just level it.”
The Long Island City skyscraper becomes a shining example of what is now possible, Carlin reported.
“Buildings represent 70% of New York City’s carbon emissions.” John Mandyck, Executive Director of Urban Green Council said. “If we use less electricity, our power plant is using less electricity. If we use less energy, there will be less CO2 going into the air, creating climate change.”
“Removing wasteful systems or replacing them with more efficient ones helps everyone,” said Amauri Delacruz, Con Edison’s energy efficiency program manager.
So the tower is now, in a single word, cool.
The city’s initiative has set a goal Reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.