Energy Performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)9%
Annual (2017)-1%

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 shared portfolio commitment consists of 125 facilities and over 4.6 million square feet. Cleveland's reported portfolio in 2017 has achieved a 9% improvement from its 2010 baseline, thereby demonstrating progress towards the goal of 20% improvement by 2022. Energy performance of a few additional facilities, primarily the Cleveland Hopkins Airport system, will be updated and likely added to the reported portfolio in the near future.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Cleveland has achieved energy performance improvement of 6% or more at 50 of its reported facilities compared to baseline, with 28 facilities reporting over 15% improvement.

Since 2011, Cleveland has been making effective use of its comprehensive enterprise energy data management system and completed energy efficiency projects at several City facilities (primarily lighting and HVAC upgrades). 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 have contributed to overall improvement at these 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 within the 100 to 400 kBtu/sq. ft range. While the majority of facilities have shown energy improvement since 2010, they continue to demonstrate scope for improvement. Facilities located near or below the 0% axis present good opportunities for savings as well, in order to meet the 20% goal by 2022.