1740 Broadway in New York, New York. Courtesy Vornado Realty Trust.
Thornton Tomasetti provided LEED consulting services for one of the largest owners and managers of commercial real estate in the U.S. Vornado Realty Trust’s Manhattan portfolio consists of more than 22 million square feet throughout more than 50 properties. They have begun several large-scale sustainability efficiency programs and projects and the cornerstones of their efforts are energy efficiency projects and LEED certification efforts. Their goal is to be a leader in building sustainability by creating a corporate culture that integrates principles of environmental responsibility and sustainable growth into business practices, planning and relationships.
Vornado is currently working to certify its existing buildings under the LEED EB O&M rating system. To successfully manage LEED efforts, Vornado has organized teams within each building to identify cost-effective opportunities to make the portfolio more sustainable and to reduce its carbon footprint. To establish a baseline for their energy efficiency efforts, Vornado has benchmarked each of their major office using the EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool. In 2009, Vornado rolled out its Energy Information Portal (EIP). The EIP is a web-based tool through which sub-metered tenants have access to their electricity bill and their energy usage profiles and data. This tool helps tenants identify and change wasteful energy practices within tenant spaces, lower electricity costs and become more energy efficient.
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