An edition of: WaterAtlas.orgPresented By: Orange County, USF Water Institute

Water-Related News

Orlando’s Leu Gardens a top finisher in EPA Energy Star building competition

News Image

ATLANTA – The City of Orlando’s Garden House at Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Fla. was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a top overall finisher in the agency’s fifth-annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings Competition: Team Competition for individual buildings. The Garden House at Harry P. Leu Gardens was recognized for reducing their energy use by 45.3%.

More than 5,500 individual buildings across the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico competed in the competition. Together, the competitors saved more than $50 million, cut their energy use by more than two billion kBtus, and prevented more than 250,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)—equal to the annual energy use of more than 37,000 homes. Competitors reduced their energy use an average of six percent, equivalent to an average savings of nearly $20,000 per building.

In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for buildings to cut waste and become at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020, the competition targeted wasted energy in buildings and motivated building owners and occupants to improve energy efficiency, reduce harmful carbon pollution, and save money.