According to Green Works Orlando, improving the energy and water efficiency of Orlando’s buildings is critical to achieving our goals of economic and environmental sustainability. Commercial and multifamily buildings account for more than half of the total building energy use in Orlando, and the single largest contributor to air pollution.
By driving energy and water efficiency in buildings, we can diversify the local economy and create high-wage jobs, save businesses and resident money on utility bills, improve Orlando’s competitiveness as a global city, foster a cleaner environment and implement a model of innovative and pragmatic leadership for cities and states to follow.
WHAT IS BENCHMARKING?
You can’t manage what you don’t measure. The majority of buildings in Orlando are not doing their part to identify how they perform and impact our local economy, public health and the environment. Benchmarking is the act of measuring and tracking performance metrics.
In the buildings industry, benchmarking programs create standardized metrics to measure the energy and water efficiency between similar buildings, just as miles-per-gallon (MPG) is used to compare efficiency between cars. This helps building owners gauge performance relative to others in the marketplace.
Benchmarking is a proven, flexible and free first step for businesses that set them on an efficiency path to save money, strengthen their brand and stimulate the local economy.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- BUILDING OWNERS AND MANAGERS can lower their operational cost through on-going benchmarking and are able to better compare the performances between buildings to learn from each other about costeffective investments. Studies have found an annual savings of 2.4%, with a potential ENERGY STAR score increase of 6 points over a 3 year period.
- BUYERS AND TENANTS are able to make better-informed decisions about buildings they live and work in based on energy use and estimated utility cost.
- POLICYMAKERS can better identify financial incentives to segments of the market where money is most needed and track progress of achieving sustainability goals.
Nationally ranked as the third largest Florida-based mechanical and plumbing contractor, Comprehensive Energy Services, Inc. (CES) was founded in 1992 by Todd and Shelly Morgan. Led by Todd Morgan, P.E., President, a 2014 CEO of the Year honoree by Orlando Business Journal, CES is a recognized statewide leader recently named among Orlando Business Journal’s 2015 Golden 100 Top Privately-Held Companies and 2015 Best Places to Work.
A full-service Design-Build-Maintain Mechanical and Plumbing Contractor, CES self-performs a full range of advanced HVACR commercial and industrial services including mechanical engineering design and construction, plumbing, building automation, special effects, indoor air quality (IAQ), preventive maintenance and systems repairs throughout Florida.