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Orlando Considers Building Water, Energy Use Ratings

orlandoLegislators in Orlando, Florida, are considering requiring owners of large buildings to report their energy and water use publicly.

The story at The Orlando Sentinel says that the city is one of 15 nationwide considering such measures. The rules, which would include fines for buildings that don’t comply, could reach the city council in May. They would apply to buildings of 40,000 square feet or more.

The piece says that the Building Energy and Water Efficiency Strategy would be similar to vehicle fuel ratings. The goal is to provide more information to businesses searching space, the story says. The idea is being opposed by the Building Owners and Managers Association.

Earlier this month, The Atlantic posted a story that highlighted creative ways to reduce energy use in offices. They include personal robots that blow cool or hot air on people, chairs equipped with fans and heated underwear.

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