Success Story

City of Orlando unifies data from 550 buildings for easy benchmarking


Background

The City of Orlando wants to become the most sustainable city in the United States. In 2007 Mayor Buddy Dyer brought a team together to launch Green Works Orlando, which includes a focus on energy and green building, to help shape Orlando into a healthy and prosperous city by the year 2040. The City of Orlando is undergoing $18M of energy efficiency improvements across 56 facilities to help make them more resilient and lower impact.

Challenges

The City of Orlando has 550 buildings in its portfolio. Selecting which efficiency projects to pursue can't be guesswork; the facilities team needs data to ground their decisions. They needed to get beyond the low-hanging fruit to determine how to spend the next phase of capital.

Data is critical. You can't effectively manage something you don't measure.

— Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability

The City's receives over 5500 meters' worth of data from their utility each month that needed to be manually entered. They wanted to automate that process and bring it into Energy Star Portfolio Manager so they could more effectively manage it.

Solution

The City of Orlando chose Lucid to provide a portfolio wide energy management solution to support their energy savings goals. They will use BuildingOS to validate their savings as they work to pay back the $18M bond passed to fund the City’s energy efficiency improvements. The City of Orlando’s main goal is to use our city building management software for energy benchmarking, utility data tracking, communicating savings from different ECM’s, reporting their energy savings to ensure that they are meeting their goals.

  • Interoperability: Orlando Utilities Commission, Automated Logic, Duke Energy, Teco Gas, renewable PV systems and Arcubus work order management system.
  • Single interface: Having all data on building performance and operations allows the city to have a single interface which provides a view into the total cost of ownership on the city buildings.
  • Robust reporting capabilities: Automating flexible reporting was a key requirement for the success of the project.
  • The Cost Pillar: accurate cost calculations and proven measurement and verification capabilities were key to tracking the ROI of $18M’s worth of efficiency investments.

Future outlook

The City of Orlando is bringing their 550 buildings online through buildingOS to achieve greater visibility over their portfolio. Lucid will automate both the collection of their utility bill data into its platform as well as the bill data entry into Energy Star Portfolio Manager. This will enable them to better benchmark and manage their facilities.

The team at the City of Orlando will use the BuildingOS platform and apps to turn what used to be speculative guesswork into data-driven decisions about energy improvements and building management. The Project Measurement & Verification app will allow them greater visibility on the ROI of their projects, and the suite of Building Optimization apps will provide insight into how to identify and prioritize efficiency projects.

All of their efforts will contribute to meeting the Energy and Green Building part of their Greenworks Community Action Plan and become one of the most sustainable cities in the country.

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