Beacon Communities: Energy performance

Cumulative (vs. Baseline)22%
Annual (2018)2%
Portfolio Summary: Whole Building Data by Reporting Period

Better Buildings Challenge partners strive to report whole-building data for all properties within their portfolio. Often, Multifamily partners face the added challenge of collecting data from tenant-paid utility accounts. The Better Buildings Challenge is working with Multifamily partners and utility companies to improve the data collection and reporting process. While this important work continues, Multifamily partners are being recognized for their successes within those properties that are reporting whole-building data. Beacon's portfolio consists of 71 properties with 822 buildings and 8.5 million square feet. For the 2018 reporting period, Beacon reported whole-building data for 30% of its portfolio.

Beacon Communities

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. Beacon's portfolio consists of more than 800 buildings and 8.5 million square feet. Beacon has improved energy performance by 22% from a 2012 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2023.   Beacon's energy savings have been achieved by implementing LED lighting retrofits, installing new heat and hot water plants, replacing plumbing fixtures with low-flow models, and focusing on other low-cost opportunities for savings (for example, adding occupancy sensors for common area lighting).  In particular, in the period between 2015 and 2016, several properties underwent large-scale renovations that generated energy savings.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across properties reporting whole building data can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy.  Beacon has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 10% at 5 of its properties. There are 4 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. Beacon's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 100 to 170 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties sharing whole building data have shown energy improvement since 2012. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.