City moves ahead on building efficiencies-Lake Nona/Orlando

Living in the “new green world” in the Lake Nona area of homes located just 10 minutes from the International Airport, and 35 minutes to downtown Orlando has offered the

Lake Nona "green living"

“green living”

unique opportunity of new construction building for Building Energy and Water Efficiency. So many of the new home communities offer green living, such as, Laureate Park in Nona, Randall Park in the Lake Nona area, and more. Ourselves and our neighbors in Northlake Park at Lake Nona continue to make several upgrades even though our homes are only 10-15+- years new. We have reclaimed water for irrigation which saves money. Upgrading double sided windows, doors, hot water heaters, solar panels, insulation, and more all aimed at conservation.

Orlando is moving forward with plans to help building owners pay for upgrades aimed at conserving water and power.

The City Council recently approved financing methods to allow the upgrades under its Building Energy and Water Efficiency Strategy. Plans require owners of mid- and large-size buildings to publicly report their usage. Upgrades — such as adding insulation or using more efficient lighting — would be voluntary.

City officials say they will work with third-party financial groups including Clean Energy Green Corridor, Florida PACE Funding Agency, and the Florida Green Finance Authority. Funding could be in place for the fall.

Source provided by Orlando Sentinel