Case Studies

Find out how commercial tenants are using the Commercial Tenant Program to help reduce operating costs, increase asset value, improve productivity, and foster a culture of sustainability.


Gensler—the world’s largest architectural firm—participated in the Commercial Tenant Program when designing newly leased space in the heart of New York City’s theater district. As a result of the energy efficiency measures they implemented, they are realizing a 25% increase in workplace satisfaction and found that 74% of staff feel the physical work environment has a positive impact on their overall job satisfaction.

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Law Firms

Law firms in New York State are realizing cost savings by making energy improvements in their leased office space. 

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Paul Hastings

In 2016, Paul Hastings LLP moved to a new office space in the MetLife Building in Midtown Manhattan. Prior to their move, they conducted an in-depth energy and financial analysis to develop an innovative design that balanced form, function, and sustainability. The results are a more efficient, collaborative workspace that now has a 16% smaller footprint and a 23% reduction in energy use.

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Rudin, one of the leading commercial and residential real estate management and development firms in New York, developed an energy action plan and identified several options for energy saving measures in the construction and design its newly redesigned space. As a result of implementing those measures, Rudin is experiencing an estimated 20% in energy savings compared to its pre-existing use baseline.

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Swiss Re

Swiss Re Group, a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance, and other insurance-based forms
of risk transfer, leveraged NYSERDA's Commercial Tenant Program when developing their new LEED-certified office space in New York City. Swiss Re shared their experience and the benefits of the program during an interview with NYSERDA.

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United Technologies Corporation (UTC)

When UTC, a global technology company, opened a new office in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, they leveraged the Commercial Tenant Program to allow expanded energy modeling during the design phase. UTC was able to perform a deeper evaluation and analysis that led to a better design and construction of an even more efficient space. UTC shared their experience with the program during an interview with NYSERDA.

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White and Case

White & Case, an international law firm based in New York City, developed an energy efficiency model for their new office space at 1221 Avenue of the Americas. The model allowed White & Case to provide a convincing proposal to building management to make improvements, which resulted in significant energy savings.

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Program Fact Sheet

Commercial Tenant Fact Sheet [PDF]

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