Columbia, MO: Energy performance

Cumulative (vs. Baseline)12%
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. Columbia's portfolio consists of more than 25 buildings and 800 thousand square feet. Since 2009, Columbia has improved energy performance by 12%. Energy savings have been achieved by implementing lighting retrofits across most properties, HVAC upgrades at two high-traffic, large properties, and an energy awareness program focused on low-cost opportunities for savings.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Since 2009, Columbia has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 15% at 13 properties. There are 8 properties that have experienced an increase in Source EUI and these properties will be targeted for future energy efficiency improvements using a recently completed Faciites Condition Assessment.


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. Columbia's portfolio contains properties with a wide range of baseline energy usage. There are a number of properties with a baseline EUI less than 200 kBtu/sq. ft. that have already achieved energy savings of greater than 20%. There are also a number of properties that started with EUI values above 300 kBtu/sq.ft. that have shown an increase in energy usage and may present good opportunities for savings.