LEED Certification

LEED Certification Assistance

Companies committed to being good corporate citizens can pursue LEED Certification for the design, construction and operation of their buildings.  OUC is well positioned to guide your company through this process as our own Reliable Plaza is Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. It is the most highly respected and recognizable rating and certification system used for sustainable building practices. Sustainable building is a holistic approach to building design and construction that helps minimize the adverse impacts the design, construction and maintenance of structures can have on people and the environment. It goes beyond energy and water conservation to include environmentally sensitive site planning, resource efficient building materials and indoor environmental quality.

Our Commitment

OUC values environmental stewardship and energy efficiency and is committed to sustainable new construction and the resulting long-term benefits to the community. Beyond that, we have knowledge and experience to share. OUC’s Reliable Plaza is Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, the first of its kind in downtown Orlando, and Florida Water Star certified. The non-profit U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Gold level certification after completing a review of the building’s design and construction.

We Can Help You Pursue LEED Certification

Reliable Plaza has been dubbed the “Greenest Building in downtown Orlando,” and we’d like to help others join our ranks. Through our New Construction Program, OUC offers financial assistance to customers planning to build new energy and water efficient buildings that are recognized by either LEED or the Florida Green Building Council (FGBC).

OUC customers planning to build a green project are eligible for financial incentives, which include a reduction in System Development Charge (SDC) for domestic water and irrigation. SDCs are designed to recover a portion of the investment required for water system facilities growth, where applicable. This charge is based on the associated customer capacity requirements, which are measured in Equivalent Residential Connections (ERCs).

To sign up for OUC’s New Construction Program, contact our Conservation Team at 407-434-2256 or conservationsupport@ouc.com.

Sustainability is Good for Business

It’s easy to see how sustainable building practices are good for the community and the environment, but did you know they can also be good for business? Lower electric and water utility costs, enhanced occupant health and productivity and long-term economic returns are just some of the benefits businesses can realize on their bottom line. Green rating systems help to clarify sustainable building practices and can vary according to project type. The most active rating systems are:

Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC)
Find designation processes, standards, reference guides, checklists, and a list of projects that have applied for or received a FGBC certification

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Find detailed information on the LEED program and project certification process.

National Green Building Certification
Find more information on the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Green Building Program.

The Florida Green Lodging Program
Find more information on the Florida Green Lodging Program.

ENERGY STAR - US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Find more information on the ENERGY STAR© program and innovative energy performance tips for homes and business.

Florida Water Star Program
Find more information about the program and the project certification process.

Achieving Green Certification

The following table shows the various products and services offered by OUC that have the potential to contribute to credit points toward any green certification of your choice

 OUC Product & Services Sustainable
Sites 
Water Efficiency Energy &
Atmosphere
Material & Resources Indoor Env.
Quality
Indoor Lighting Retrofit Program     x   x
OUConvenient Lighting x     x  
Residential & Commercial Solar Programs          
Green Pricing Program     x    
Water Design Review   x      
Residential & Commercial
Energy & Water Audits
  x x