DOE Affirms Outstanding Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Orlando


The city of Orlando, Florida and Parkway Properties have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)for their leadership in enhancing energy efficiency across a total of 20 million square feet of building space by 20 percent in a span of 10 years. The Orlando-based Parkway Properties’ showcase project, One Orlando Centre, is projected to save almost 18 percent in energy costs and more than 1.7 million gallons of water through energy and water efficiency programs through the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge.

Maria T. Vargas, the Director of the Better Buildings Challenge said, “The work being done in communities like Orlando is essential to our long-term goal reducing the energy bills of our nation’s commercial and industrial buildings. I am also impressed and energized by the level of commitment and collaboration among our private sector partners in Florida, such as Parkway Properties.”

The DOE visited the large-scale renovations of One Orlando Centre, a 19-story, 355,000-square-foot office building in downtown Orlando originally built in 1987. The newly refurbished building has saved Parkway Properties over $75,000 in energy and water costs every year. It was made possible after enhancing the HVAC system and decreasing energy and water consumption.

One Orlando Centre has experienced dominant energy and water savings every year of almost 18 percent, with expectations for even deeper water and energy performance improvements this year. Its efficiency approaches included replacing aging chillers with high-efficiency units, installing new and advanced cooling towers that have generated more than 1.7 million gallons of water savings within the first year of operation, and adding window glazing to decrease heat loads.

The Director of Engineering For Parkway Properties Bruce Hall said, “Taking on the extensive renovations at One Orlando Centre has not only resulted in high-quality improvements for our tenants in a top-tier market, it helps us meet our own aggressive sustainability targets. Our commitment to sustainability has motivated our teams to tap into the Department Of Energy’s incredible resources, on everything from plug loads to education and outreach programs.”

Orlando City has made a commitment to decrease its energy intensity by 20 percent in 10 years. Nowadays, Orlando is undergoing $17.5 million of energy efficiency improvements to 56 municipal facilities that include lighting upgrades, building automation and controls, cooling and heating renovations, and other cost-effective energy conservation methods as part of the Better Buildings Challenge. The city will also work to replace streetlights with new LED technologies with the help of local municipal utility.

According to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, “The energy efficiency upgrades we are planning for our city will transform Orlando into one of the most environmentally, economically, and socially vibrant communities in the nation. Through this work and our partnership in the Better Buildings Challenge, we are realizing significant energy bill savings, improved maintenance costs, and more local jobs, all while using revolving cost savings to fund future projects.”