Location: New York City, New York
Products Used: Chillers, Energy Management & Controls,
Services Used: Energy Analysis & Monitoring, Start-up Maintenance, Upgrading, Energy Savings Performance Contracting, Energy Management & Controls,
Topic: Cost-Saving, Decarbonization, Efficiency, Optimal Comfort, Sustainability,
- 642 Metric Tons Annual Carbon Reduction
- $61,000 Savings In Annual Energy Costs
The Neiman Marcus Group (NMG) has been revolutionizing luxury retail since Carrie Marcus Neiman, her brother Herbert Marcus, Sr., and her husband A.L. Neiman founded the Neiman Marcus retail establishment in Dallas, Texas in 1907. Today, they honor this legacy with the recent launch of their first-ever Environmental, Social, Governance report, “Our Journey to Revolutionize Impact.” Within the report, NMG outlines goals to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions1 by 50% from a 2019 baseline by 2025 and to transition to 100% renewable energy use by 2030. In keeping with the revolutionary nature inherent in the iconic brand, NMG set out to chart a new course with confidence and determination.
Understanding that buildings account for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions2, NMG looked to its own iconic New York City storefront—which represents 20% of the energy usage in its fleet of stores—as a starting point. The 94-year-old Bergdorf Goodman building, which sits at the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, in the heart of Manhattan, is known for its elegant architecture and unique slanted mansard-style rooflines, as well as its rich history. To fully transition to renewable energy at the Bergdorf Goodman Women’s Store, NMG first needed to eliminate all direct natural gas use associated with its chillers. The ability to significantly decarbonize their operations with one single installation at a legendary site was a huge step toward their goals. The significant infrastructure upgrade would take place in the heart of bustling Midtown Manhattan without disruption to the day-to-day operations of the Bergdorf Goodman Store. This project puts NMG at the forefront of energy innovation and sets an example for buildings across New York City in paving the way toward a net-zero future.