UPDATE: CITY COUNCIL WILL READ THIS ITEM ONE MORE TIME BEFORE ADOPTING IT AS AN ORDINANCE.
The City of Orlando’s Sustainability Department has finalized and updated the BEWES policy language, based on input given by stakeholders since the September 15th council hearing.
BEWES stands for Building Energy and Water Efficiency Strategy, and is meant to benchmark the energy and water use of individual buildings in City limits, in order to offer up ways to curb energy and resource use. If approved by the City, BEWES would require any commercial or multifamily building over 50,000 gross SF, or any City-owned building over 10,000 gross SF, to use an online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to obtain their energy benchmarking score. The score, a number between one and 100, is required to be reported to the City every year so it can be inputted into an online mapping tool which will analyze energy and water use throughout City limits.
If a building scores poorly, OUC will perform a free energy audit to look for ways to improve their score.
Below is the final version that will be moving forward to City Council on Monday, November 14th.
See the revised ordinance below: