Empire State Building Company Selects Lutron Lighting Control Technology

Energy-saving lighting control manufacturer Lutron Electronics announced today that it has been selected by the Empire State Building Company, LLC, owner of the Empire State Building (ESB), the iconic office building, to provide sustainable lighting control solutions for pre-built tenant spaces throughout the iconic 1930s pre-war structure.  The Lutron solution, developed in collaboration with ESB property manager Jones Lang LaSalle, is expected to provide total lighting energy savings of up to 65%1 and a reduced installed payback period of 2.75 years (down from 6 years).


ESB is undergoing a building-wide retrofit to improve energy efficiency and financial performance as part of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Building Retrofit program.  The project is designed to reduce the building’s energy use by 38% and energy bills by over £2.8 million a year, while also preventing 105,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years.


The use of Lutron solutions will help the ESB meet their goals and offer potential tenants the opportunity to operate in energy-efficient spaces while saving energy and benefiting from reduced electric bills. Lutron has provided  Occupancy/vacancy sensors that turn lights off when spaces are unoccupied and daylight dimming controls that adjust light levels based on available daylight as well as wireless components for easy retrofit without needless disruption.


“Lutron is proud to be an integral contributor to the sustainable nature of the ESB and to collaborate with them on creating a space that is highly rentable, attracts and retains high-quality tenants and reduces operating costs over the life of the installation,” said Michael Pessina, President of Lutron. “The solution we’ve created together can be easily repeated in any whole-building retrofit.”


“The Lutron products used in ESB create savings, are easy to install, and  help us and our tenants improve our bottom lines,” said Anthony Malkin of Empire State Building Company.  “The resulting integrated product solution, including both wireless and digital controls, is expandable throughout ESB, and is repeatable in virtually any commercial office building. It is also helping us in our effort to exceed our building-wide energy-reduction target of 38%.”

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