Energy & Buildings
Approach 1: Benchmark, retune and retrofit existing buildings
The top two strategies to enhance building performance and reduce energy waste are benchmarking and retuning or retro-commissioning. Healthy, efficient buildings save money, energy, and water.
Approach 2: Expand renewable energy generation
In 2020 Florida ranked 3rd nationally for total solar installed with most of the growth in solar installation. Current options to source renewable energy locally are offered through FPL’s Solar Together Program, solar cooperatives, solar leasing, and independently installing solar systems at buildings. Solar installations must dramatically increase to meet the energy needs of buildings.
Approach 3: Build Ultra-Low Energy buildings
Incorporating energy efficiency measures in the design phase of buildings will lock in energy savings from year one and save money and cut down on emissions in the long term. Though retrofits are possible, it is cheaper to design structures with energy conservation features integrated with all building systems. Extremely efficient structures are called Ultra-Low Energy (ULE) or Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB). New construction must align towards becoming ULE or ZEB standards by 2030