Orlando, developer successfully take up Better Buildings Challenge
The city of Orlando and Parkway Properties have received national recognition for leadership in improving energy efficiency across a combined 20 million square feet of building space by 20 percent within 10 years.
Through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, Orlando-based Parkway Properties’ showcase project, office tower One Orlando Centre, is expected to save nearly 18 percent in energy costs and more than 1.7 million gallons of water through energy and water efficiency efforts, the department reports.
“The work being done in communities like Orlando is essential to our long-term goal of reducing the energy bills of our nation’s commercial and industrial buildings,” said Maria Vargas, director of the Better Buildings Challenge.
The department toured the extensive renovations of One Orlando Centre, a 19-story, 355,000 square foot office building in downtown Orlando, originally built in 1987. After improving heating and cooling systems and reducing energy and water consumption, the newly refurbished building has saved Parkway Properties more than $75,000 in energy and water costs annually.
One Orlando Centre has seen significant annual energy and water savings of close to 18 percent, with projections for even deeper energy and water performance improvements in 2016.
Efficiency measures performed on the building included replacing aging chillers with high-efficiency ones, adding window glazing to reduce heat loads and installing new state-of-the-art cooling towers that have generated more than 1.7 million gallons of water savings within the first year of operation.
The city of Orlando has committed to reduce its energy intensity by 20 percent within 10 years, with a total commitment of 6.8 million square feet. As part of the Better Buildings Challenge, Orlando is undergoing $17.5 million of energy efficiency upgrades to 56 municipal facilities, including lighting upgrades, heating and cooling renovations, building automation and controls and other cost-effective energy conservation measures.
In partnership with the local municipal utility, the city also will work to replace streetlights with new LED technologies.
The Better Buildings Challenge is aimed at achieving the goal of doubling American energy productivity by 2030 while motivating corporate and public-sector leaders across the country to save energy through commitments and investments. More than 285 organizations are partnering with the department to achieve 20 percent portfolio-wide energy savings and share successful strategies that maximize efficiency over the next decade. Across the country, partners have shared energy data for more than 32,000 properties and are reporting energy savings of 20 percent or more at 4,500 properties, and 10 percent or more at 12,000 properties.
Learn more about Better Buildings Challenge partner results, showcase projects and innovative solutions being shared with others at http://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov.
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