Serious Materials Performs Innovative Window Energy Retrofit of entire Empire State Building
Recycling old windows using micro-factories will enable Serious Materials to perform a window energy retrofit of the Empire State Building with maximum efficiency and a minimum of waste
The Empire State Building is getting greener because of a window energy retrofit technique developed by Serious Materials to remove, weatherproof and replace all 6,514 windows to help the famous landmark reach its goal of reducing energy consumption by 38%. The technique involves creating a "micro-factory" on the fifth floor that operates after business hours to refurbish and replace windows overnight so the building is ready for use in the morning.
The plan is that the old double-pane windows will be removed and disassembled by hand, thoroughly cleaned and fitted into new frames. A thin transparent film will then be inserted between the old panes and an inert gas introduced to increase insulation. The window energy retrofit project was announced in March 2010 with an original scheduled completion date of December 2010, says Kevin Surace, chief executive officer of Serious Materials. This 'recycling' window energy retrofit technique should extend the life of the old windows at least another thirty years, says Surace, "or until the next technology comes along."