Aurora Public Schools: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)13%
Annual (2018)3%
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. Aurora Public Schools' portfolio consists of 49 buildings and over 4 million square feet. Aurora Public Schools has improved energy performance by 13% from a 2014 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2024.  Energy savings have been achieved via a growing culture devoted to good stewardship of District resources. Facilitating this is the real-time rendering of natural resource use on site-specific dashboards to bolster occupant education, and the maintenance and operation department's routine use of analytics and fault detection to prompt monitoring based commissionig (MBCx) efforts. Capital intesive energy efficient improvements include extensive LED lighting retrofits and chilled water system upgrades.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Aurora Public Schools has achieved energy performance improvements of greater than 10% at almost 30 of its properties. There are six properties that have experienced an increase in Source EUI. These properties have been 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. Aurora Public Schools' portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 100 to 200 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.