Study Shows Daylight Harvesting Could Save NYC Office Buildings $70 Million a Year

Study Shows Daylight Harvesting Could Save NYC Office Buildings $70 Million a Year

by Lori Zimmer, 02/26/13
filed under: Sustainability Initiatives

Green Light New York wants to lower your office’s electricity bill in a big way. Their new study estimates that retrofitting office buildings with daylight harvesting systems that amp up the use of daylight could save a whopping $70 million per year (thats 160 megawatts) on utility bills. Aside from those incredible savings, a daylit office fosters a much better working environment than the buzzy glow of fluorescent lights.

New York’s office spaces span around 542 million square feet, dominating much of the real estate market throughout the city. Green Light found that most buildings were built between the 1950s to 1980s, and many have the ability to be easily retrofitted to accommodate daylight harvesting.The study found that about 152 million square feet could be upgraded to use more daylight – all without intrusive or costly construction.

Read more: Study Shows Daylight Harvesting Could Save NYC Office Buildings $70 Million a Year | Inhabitat New York City.

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