Step 1: Transforming the Empire State Building

Why Retrofits Matter:
New techniques and materials help us build more energy efficient structures, but we cannot rely on new construction alone: 90% of existing buildings will still be here in 25 years. Tearing them down and starting over is not an option – it creates tremendous waste and destroys architectural and historical icons. Buildings go through natural cycles of needing retrofits. We can capitalize on those opportunities to invest in becoming more energy efficient, and repurpose our existing building stock to play a vital role in our expanding economy.

1 Reuses materials instead of sending them to landfills
2 Saves money by not replacing existing systems that still have life in them
3 Reduces carbon emissions by not manufacturing and transporting new materials