2Life Communities: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)24%
Annual (2016)-1%
Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)3%
Annual (2018)3%

Better Buildings Challenge Partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI) and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. 2Life Communities, formerly Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, has a portfolio that consists of 8 buildings and 926,000 square feet. As measured against their new 2017 baseline year 2Life has improved energy performance by 3 percent. In 2016 2Life became a BBC goal achiever and shortly thereafter began major renovation projects at two of their properties that resulted in a drop in 2018 portfolio wide energy use. They anticipate a return to positive savings once these projects complete.  


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy.  2Life has continued to show energy improvement performance in all but two of its properties in the single year since they've become a BBC goal achiever. These properties, along with several others have been targeted for future energy efficiency improvements that will reduce overall energy use as well as demand and demand charges.


Property-level energy performance metrics, including EUI and percent improvement to date, are critical to track progress over time and identify opportunities for additional energy savings. 2Lifes's portfolio consists of properties with  a wide range of baseline EUI values, ranging from 50 to 160 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since their renewed BBC commitment in 2017. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.