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March 02, 2016

Energy Department Recognizes Orlando Better Buildings Challenge Partners

The Energy Department on February 25 recognized the City of Orlando, Florida, and Parkway Properties for their leadership in improving energy efficiency across a combined 20 million square feet of building space by 20% within 10 years. Through the department’s Better Buildings Challenge, Orlando-based Parkway Properties’ showcase project, office tower One Orlando Centre, is expected to save nearly 18% in energy costs and over 1.7 million gallons of water through energy and water efficiency efforts. Its efficiency measures included replacing aging chillers with high-efficiency ones, adding window glazing to reduce heat loads and installing new state-of-the-art cooling towers.

The City of Orlando has made a commitment to reduce its energy intensity by 20% 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 will also work to replace streetlights with new LED technologies. See the Energy Department news release and the Better Buildings website.