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  • 1.  Impact of changing design landscape and laws on sustainable buildings

    Posted 03-02-2023 10:08

    As we grapple with changing laws related to decarbonization in Chicago, this story really hit home - a newly built state of the art sustainable building in New York that is already out of date due to changing design landscape and laws.. <o:p></o:p>

    Amy Masters
    Director of Government and External Affairs
    Chicago IL
    (312) 870-9600

  • 2.  RE: Impact of changing design landscape and laws on sustainable buildings

    Posted 03-09-2023 15:16

    In a similar vein, The Orlando Utility Commission's (OUC) "Reliable Plaza" earned Gold LEED status in 2009 and was labeled the "Greenest Building in downtown Orlando" (Reliable Plaza ( - it now has a reported Energy Star Score of 47 (according to the City of Orlando's Building Energy and Water Efficiency Strategy transparency map), below the City's threshold to require energy audits and/or retro-commissioning BEWES Data by ENERGY STAR Score | City of Orlando Open Data Portal.  When the City of Orlando first designed this ordinance, they had planned to institute a financial penalty for buildings that did not meet an Energy Star Score of 75, but BOMA Orlando successfully eliminated the fines and reduced the "punishment" threshold to an Energy Star Score of 50.  Thanks for highlighting this point, Amy, I agree that the escalation of expectations, changes in laws, and changes in measurement metrics may cause communities to demonize buildings which have made tremendous progress to operate as sustainable, efficient facilities.

    Gregory Territo
    Territo Electric Inc.
    Ocoee FL