The City of Orlando has worked to become one of the most sustainable cities in America to ensure that we protect our natural resources and amenities for our residents and future generations to come.
As a government, we realize it’s imperative that we lead by example to lower our cost of services and utilize taxpayer dollars as effectively as possible.
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, the City was able to invest $1.76 million in energy efficiency improvements for 24 city buildings with the highest energy use by upgrading them with building controls, new lighting and HVAC replacements.
Those investments have resulted in 30% energy savings across the portfolio since 2010 and avoided nearly $1.1 million in energy costs to the City’s operations while adding to our Revolving Energy Fund to re-appropriate those dollars into future building improvements.
Phase two of our municipal energy efficiency efforts will use a $17.5 million bond to modernize and retrofit more than 55 City buildings including City Hall, the Amway Center, our three wastewater treatment plants and all of our fire stations and community centers.
At completion, this project will save the City up to $2.5 million per year in energy costs and the savings will help pay for the cost of the new police headquarters currently in construction.
What & Why
- The Orlando City Hall building is an 11-story (including the basement and penthouse) administrative office building that went into service in late 1990 or early 1991 (approximately 23 years old).
- Many of the components are in dire need of replacement and modernization
- Savings estimated at $140,000 annually, with estimated 4.6 year payback.
- Example: The CAO office on 3rd floor. We removed 1600W and put back 160W for a 90% reduction. This cannot be extrapolated building wide, but demonstrates the issue.
- Better lighting performance: Improves employee morale, which has an indirect value.
- Ceiling: Improved appearance (ceiling) also contributes to improved employee morale.
- Lights will be replaced with high efficiency LEDs throughout the building.
- Estimated to save over $200,000 annually in energy costs.
- However the vastly improved temperature control performance is proven to reduce employee absenteeism, which has a definite value to the City. Employees who are not sick and are at work get more work done, and insurance costs decrease.
- Thermal comfort and controllability will be vastly improved.
- Ductwork will be replaced
- All 4 passenger elevators and the service elevator will be replaced with elevators that will make the ride smoother and faster.