Hillsboro, OR: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)25%
Annual (2016)3%
Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)8%
Annual (2019)0%
Water Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)-17%
Annual (2019)-10%

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. Hillsboro's portfolio consists of 25 properties and about 400 thousand square feet. Hillsboro has already met and exceeded their initial goal of 20% savings by 2020, and set a new goal to save another 20% by 2025 with a baseline year of 2015. Since 2015, Hillsboro has improved energy performance by 8% by implementing a new Energy Management Plan that includes lighting retrofits, HVAC and controls upgrades at the three largest properties, and an energy management policies awareness program focused on individual energy use.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Hillsboro has achieved energy performance improvement at more than half of their 25 properties enrolled in the Challenge. There are 10 properties that have experienced an increase in Source EUI. Some of these properties are targeted for energy efficiency improvements through an ongoing focused Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program with the Energy Trust of Oregon.


Property- and meter-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. Tracking energy use consistently throughout the year is also critical. Hillsboro's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUIs from 100 to 800 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2015. The properties located near or below the 0% axis present opportunities for further savings, and the Civic Center, Brookwood Library, Public Works and Police Main Precinct are under scrutiny through the SEM program mentioned above.


Better Buildings Challenge Partners in the Water Savings Pilot strive to decrease portfolio-wide water use intensity (WUI) and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. After having success reducing WUI through 2018, Hillsboro has now increased water use intensity by 17% from a 2012 baseline. Most facilities have irrigation use tied to building water use. The past three summers have been unusually dry and hot, requiring substantially greater irrigation water use. Additionally, a new Public Works facility campus has new water-intensive uses such as equipment washing. The City actively tracks utility bills to help identify and address water inefficiencies and leaks, and the higher-use facilities and parks will be targeted for water use reduction actions.