We are proud to announce that the 125 Maiden Lane project has already reduced annual energy consumption by more than 30%, cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the property by more than 609 Metric tons of CO2e – the equivalent of planting more than 490 acres of forest or removing 128 passenger vehicles from the road. The existing heating systems were replaced with high-efficiency natural gas boilers located higher in the building. The building is now able to withstand another storm surge event like Sandy, while also further improving on energy performance. Between the first and second phases of work, 125 Maiden Lane is expected to exceed the 30% GHG emissions reduction target for large buildings outlined in the 80% GHG reduction target announced in New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s OneNYC plan.
To achieve maximum water efficiency, we strive to reduce potable and non-potable water consumption, re-use water discharges and install high-efficiency water features within our buildings.
In this particular building the following measures were implemented:
-Replaced 3 gallons-per- flush (gpf) toilets with 1.5 gpf
-Upgraded urinal values to 0.5 gpf
-Changed all aerators to 0.5 gpf
Obviously, cooling towers require vast amounts of water to assist in regulating indoor air temperature of a building by either rejecting heat from air-conditioning systems or by cooling hot equipment. Installed monitoring service meter on cooling tower ensures that water consumption is optimized as well.
The building has a comprehensive waste reduction and diversion program. Employees recycle plastic, metal, glass, office and mixed paper, cardboard. Office paper and cardboard are the largest categories, making about 60% of the material by weight that was sorted through. Once the recyclable paper is collected, it is hauled directly to a facility to be made into new paper products. These actions helped to save 492 trees, 120 950 KWH of energy and prevent 48 tons of greenhouse gasses in 2015.
Future projects include food waste composting, expanding bottles and cans recycling, and expanding electronic scrap recycling.