FirstService Energy: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Average Annual % Improvement1.2%
Equivalent Cumulative % Improvement5.7%

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. First Service Residential's portfolio consists of more than 300 properties and 66 million square feet. Since 2013, First Service has improved energy performance by an average of 1.2% each year.  This is equivalent to a cumulative improvement of 5.7%, accounting for the varying lengths of time properties were included in First Service's portfolio. Energy savings have been achieved by implementing lighting retrofits across all properties, HVAC updates, oil to natural gas conversions, and an energy awareness and education program focused on energy reduction upgrades at the end of uselife and 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. First Service Residential has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 6% at more than 140 of its properties. There are 102 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. First Service Residential's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 0 to 300 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2013. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.