Orlando's BEWES Ordinance: Benchmarking larger buildings for energy efficiency

ORLANDO'S BUILDING ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY STRATEGY (BEWES)

BENCHMARKING is STEP 1 in UTILITY COST CONTROL

THE BEWES ORDINANCE

The Orlando City Council passed the BEWES policy in 2016, requiring the city’s largest facilities to track energy and water consumption. This specifically applies to city-owned buildings above 10,000 gross square feet and commercial or multifamily building above 50,000 gross square feet.

The ordinance requires benchmarking scores from the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The tool can identify immediate and long-term savings. One massive study involving 35,000 buildings found energy cost reductions of 7% within four years!1

The BEWES ordinance calls for action. The City will identify non-compliant buildings in an annual report and, beginning in September 2019, non-compliant properties will be annotated on Orlando's public benchmarking map.

A PROVEN PATH FORWARD

It pays to comply, and configuring the building efficiency benefits doesn’t have to be difficult. ecoPreserve’s certified energy efficiency experts have configured and used the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. They're ready to assist as you need!

These have been the essential first steps for many of our clients:

  1. Collecting and verifying building, water, and energy information
  2. Uploading utility data into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
  3. Preparing and reporting results to the City of Orlando

Reach out to learn the best next steps for your properties. ecoPreserve will customize an action plan based on your unique needs. Fill out the form on this page, or call us at 407-349-7294. You will promptly receive further information, including a customized quote for efficient, ecoPreserve support. Jumpstart your energy and water savings today!

[1] https://www.energystar.gov/


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