The Silicon Valley Mercury has an article on making the Empire State Building more energy efficient - Silicon Valley company to replace every window in the Empire State Building.
Some people don't do windows. Kevin Surace does. In a very big way.
The Silicon Valley CEO is about to oversee a green-building project on the most high-profile stage in the world when his company — Serious Materials, in Sunnyvale — begins replacing all 6,514 windows in the Empire State Building.
And no, all that glass — an estimated 26,000 panes — will not be dumped into New York City's trash bins.
Instead, over the next nine months, laboring at night so as not to disturb tenants and tourists in New York's 102-story Art Deco landmark at Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street, Surace's workers will use a high-tech process to remove every window from its frame and separate the glass. Renovating roughly 50 windows a night, they'll install a clear, mylar-like plastic sheath in between the double panes, then fill the windows with an argon-krypton gas, reseal them and rehang them.
The result? Silicon Valley meets the Big Apple: windows that are four times more insulated than the old ones and will save $410,000 a year in heating and air conditioning costs.