Albuquerque Public Schools: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline) 15%
Annual (2021)-8%
Water Performance

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. Albuquerque Public Schools' portfolio consists of more than 120 buildings and 15 million square feet. *Albuquerque Public Schools has improved energy performance by 15% from a 2014 baseline. Energy consumption during 2020 and 2021 was significantly lower than a typical year since COVID‐19 disruptions resulted in temporary building closures and reduced occupancy for much of the year. Operational and facility improvements/modifications ‐‐ designed to provide safer, more healthy environments ‐‐ have been implemented throughout the pandemic, and many of these have come with an energy penalty. The APS team is committed to finding ways to optimize health, safety, and efficiency concerns.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Albuquerque Public Schools has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 6% at more than 50 of its properties. There are 41 properties that have experienced an increase in Source EUI.  These properties may be targeted for future energy efficiency improvements.


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. Albuquerque Public Schools' portfolio consists of old and new properties with a variety of building systems, resulting in a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 50 to 150 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2014. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.