On Monday, the Orlando City Council unanimously approved a Building Energy Sustainability Benchmarking program that aims to serve as an energy auditing ordinance to encourage reduced use of energy and water in buildings throughout Orlando.
The program would make information on building energy and water usage readily available within the real estate marketplace and require building benchmarking and reporting of energy and water usage in certain large buildings above 50,000 square feet.
The policy will also require energy audits for certain lower performing buildings but those lower performers will not be forced to improve performance, or make investments to make their buildings more energy efficient, instead just using collected information to make potential tenants, clients, and customers to weigh efficiency in their own business decisions.
Public comment from meeting attendees produced nothing but positive remarks and those who were at first against the concept worked with supporters to build a consensus pushing it’s approval forward.
Organizations in favor included activists, the League of Women Voters, Soil and Water Leaders, and even some businesses.
“Isn’t great when businesses relocate to Orlando because of sustainability” said Mayor Buddy Dyer “We can all be proud of that.”