Highwoods Properties: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline) 15%
Annual (2021)-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. Highwoods Properties consists of 150 buildings and more than 24 million square feet. Partner has improved energy performance by 15% from a 2016 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2026. The primary drivers of these savings have been the early returns of a 4-year $17 million builidng controls modernization project, a portfolio-wide effort to upgrade indoor and outdoor lighting with LED technology, and the continued efforts of Highwoods' LiveMeter energy monitoring program. 

*Energy consumption for all time periods was normalized to reflect reduced occupancy levels during 2021 as a result of COVID-19.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Highwoods Properties has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 10% at 84 of its properties. There are 24 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. Highwoods Properties' portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 100 to 300 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2016. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.