Cleveland, OH: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)7%
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. Cleveland's currently reported portfolio consists of 125 facilities and over 4 million square feet. Cleveland's portfolio of 112 facilities that passed data checks shows a 7% improvement over it's 2010 baseline, demonstrating progress towards the goal of 20% improvement by 2022. At the same time, increases in operational activity at certain facilities, and equipment now working that were previously not functional, have contributed to an annual EUI increase in 2018, compared to 2017.   


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Cleveland has achieved energy performance improvement of 6% or more at more than 40 of its reported facilities compared to baseline, with 27 facilities reporting over 15% improvement.

Since 2011, Cleveland has been making effective use of its comprehensive enterprise energy data management system. Right-sizing of organizational resources such as the divestiture of the Convention Center part of the City's Public Auditorium in 2010-2011, as well as operational improvements such as district steam and chilled water controls at Public Auditorium and City Hall contributed significantly to overall improvement at these facilities. In general, recent energy efficiency upgrades in HVAC, lighting, and controls have contributed to overall savings compared to 2010, despite a recent increase in operational activity at city facilities.                   


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's portfolio consists of facilities with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 0 to 400 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of facilities have shown energy improvement since 2010. Facilities located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings. For instance, 50 facilities have experienced an increase in EUI compared to baseline.
Such facilities with an increase in EUI over the years, in addition to those with high energy intensity values or high energy spend such as Public Auditorium and City Hall, continue to be prioritized for energy performance improvements, especially those that are already slated for other capital improvements.