Serious Materials, the parent company of Serious Windows has announced that they have signed a contract to change the windows on the Empire State Building. Serious Windows makes the Most energy efficient windows available, and have won many awards, Including Sustainable Industries Top 10 Green Building Products 2009. By changing the windows on the Empire State Building, the owner Tony Malkin, expects to save 40 % of the Total energy in the building and have the windows pay for themselves in 3 years .
Keven Surace, CEO of Serious Materials, and Inc Magazine Entrepreneur of the year, recently made the announcement in Washington DC. Here are some of his comments ;
Energy efficiency in buildings is not just on paper, it is real, and it is happening right now.
I want to share some details on something that we have not talked about publicly until this very minute.
An iconic project we are fortunate to be involved in is the Empire State Building. I was with Tony Malkin last week, owner of the Empire State Building. He has just launched a ground-breaking energy efficiency retrofit of this great American icon. The changes he is making will save 40 percent of the total energy in the building without any government assistance, and he estimates it will pay for itself with the energy savings in only three years. Three years! But as Tony says, “I am not just saving money; I am making money because more tenants want to come here now.”
And because of his vision, we were able to do something no one has ever done before. We wanted to replace all 6,500 dual pane R-2 windows with our super-insulating, high tech R-8 windows. However, Tony cringed at the waste of having to throw away all that glass from the old windows, which are just a dozen years old. The full count: 26,000 panes of glass.
So, we thought outside the box, and invented a way to build a micro-factory on the fifth floor of the Empire State Building, and manufacture new windows that are 4x more energy efficient on site. We invented a way of removing the existing glass, un-glazing it, cleaning it, placing new spacers, suspended film, sealing, injecting gas and curing it - all on the fifth floor. And do it only at night so no one is distracted in his or her office. All existing 6,500 windows will be transformed to a super-insulating R-8 from an R-2. And here is the best part: we are re-using all the old glass. 100 percent. No wasted energy, no waste in shipping, and no wasted glass; totally sustainable.
Now that is American innovation.
Invent, manufacture, install.
Kevin Surace, CEO Serious Materials
Joe Yosso , Serious windows dealer Portland Oregon for more info visit www.northwestenergysavers.com or www.askwindowguy.com