Return to ENERGY
Find More Facilities
ENERGY STAR Labeled Buildings & Plants
Facility Profile ENERGY STAR Logo

ENERGY STAR Labeled Building Profile

LIC1 - Court Square
1 Court Square Long Island City
NEW YORK, NY 11120
Map It!


One Court Square's high-rise tower and adjacent rotunda make it one of the largest Citi sites in the Northeast Region. The construction of this building, which is located in the Long Island City section of Queens, NY, began in 1987, and it opened for business 4 years later in 1989. The building consists of 50 floors, 1.4 million square feet, and approximately 5,300 seats. The building houses a fitness center, conferencing center, medical center, and full-service dining facilities. The property is located within steps to major MTA trains and busses.


The building earned its first ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance in 2008 and qualified for the honor again in 2009.


The following is a list of energy saving initiatives that were undertaken to improve energy efficiency:

  • The temperature setpoints were adjusted (76F in summer and 71F in winter). By raising temperatures in the summer and lowering them in the winter, the energy management team reduces workload on the mechanical systems, which equates to lower energy consumption.

  • The Building Management System (BMS) was upgraded. This upgrade enables a more accurate control of HVAC and lighting, allowing for more energy-efficient use.

  • Lighting in unoccupied areas was constantly monitored. This strategy reduces energy consumption and saves energy.

  • Seven floors were fully renovated. Floors 7, 12, 22, 23, 33, 38, and 49 were renovated to enable enhanced daylighting strategies and more efficient HVAC control. The lighting fixtures were also redesigned to lower wattage per square foot.

  • Elevators were modified in 2009 to utilize the new Smart Car technology. The Smart Cars are more energy efficient, faster, and easier to use.

  • The cooling tower variable frequency drives (VFDs) were replaced to reduce energy usage. VFDs regulate the speed of the fan motors. As a result, electrical consumption is reduced by the motors in the fans, allowing the operation of the HVAC system to be optimized.

  • Occupancy sensors were installed. These sensors have been installed in all perimeter and private offices and are designed to turn the lighting off when these spaces are unoccupied.





Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Citi Realty Services or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
Citi Realty Services

Property Manager:*
Jones Lang LaSalle

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2008 (82)
2009 (83)
2010 (79)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 1436927.92 sf

Year Constructed: 1985

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant