Studies have shown that ENERGY STAR certified buildings:
- Have lower operating costs
- Are more marketable
- Contribute fewer greenhouse gas emissions to the environment
- Command higher rental rates
- Have increased asset value
The examples noted in this paper are a compilation of the many programs and standards modifications that were executed over the years in efforts to become more sustainable, energy efficient and more recently to earn LEED credits in conjunction with new store construction. The following are only two of the recommended best practices relating to HVAC.
The Advanced RTU Campaign (ARC) encourages commercial building owners and operators to replace their old RTUs with more efficient units or to retrofit their RTUs with advanced controls in order to take advantage of these benefits.
Additionally, commissioning reports will be required effective July 1, 2015. New Energy Codes required large HVAC tonnage and buildings that hit the 50% value improvement to bring the entire building up to current code.
The owner becomes a communication hub between the design/construction team and the code official responsible for granting the certificate of occupancy. Since getting a CO is usually a time critical constraint, it is important that the process not get unintentionally delayed by an owner that isn’t aware that the code mandates their involvement in the process.
Comprehensive Energy Services, Inc. (CES) is pleased to support the City of Orlando and Orange County Government in the City Energy Project policies and programs to improve energy efficiency in buildings, including the energy benchmarking and transparency, auditing, and retro-commissioning policies. CES has long supported energy efficiency and conservation efforts, not only as a means to protect the environment, but also as a necessary part of the future sustainability of the Central Florida region. You can view the City's press release here.