Cleveland Clinic Foundation: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)26%
Annual (2020)2%

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. Cleveland Clinic's portfolio consists of more than 70 buildings and 18 million square feet. Cleveland Clinic has improved energy performance by 26% from a 2010 baseline, reaching their goal of 20% by 2020 and setting a new goal of 40% energy savings using the 2010 baseline. Energy savings have been achieved by completing LED lighting retrofits across facilities, implementing air change setbacks in operating rooms, providing energy savings training for caregivers and new hires, and engaging caregivers to support and champion sustainability actions in Cleveland Clinic facilities and surrounding communities.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Not including properties that were recently acquired or new construction, Cleveland Clinic has achieved energy performance improvement in 34 properties, with more than 10% improvement in 32 properties. Additionally, 7 properties have experienced an increase in Source EUI. Many of these older properties have been targeted for energy audits and potential 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. Cleveland Clinic's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are between 150 and 600 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2010. Properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.