Mercy Housing: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)24%
Annual (2018)4%
Portfolio Summary: Whole Building Data by Reporting Period

Better Buildings Challenge partners strive to report whole-building data for all properties within their portfolio. Often, Multifamily partners face the added challenge of collecting data from tenant-paid utility accounts which can be both a costly and time consuming activity. The Better Buildings Challenge is working with Multifamily partners and utility companies to improve the data collection and reporting process of this information. While this important work continues, Multifamily partners are being recognized for their successes within those properties that are reporting whole-building data. Mercy Housing is one such partner, their portfolio consists of 325 properties, 23,708 apartment units and more than 22 million square feet. For the 2018 reporting period Mercy is reporting whole-building data for 245 properties within its portfolio.

Mercy Housing

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.  Mercy Housing uses a unique engineered 2010 baseline developed for the SAHF Big Reach energy efficiency initiative and approved by the BBC. Mercy has improved their energy performance by 26% against this baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2025. Mercy Housing has achieved energy savings by implementing efficiency projects in all regions of its portfolio, building and renovating to standards (e.g. Enterprise Green Community standards, Evergreen standards, LEED, etc), creating procurements guidelines with efficiency requirements, educating residents and staff, and monitoring consumption. 


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance from the baseline year across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Mercy Housing has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 15% at 124 of its properties, and lesser amounts at an additional 31 properties. 51 properties have experienced an increase in Source EUI due to an increased use in tenant load. Mercy Housing is limited to how much they can reduce the tenants' energy use, but does implement projects that result in improved efficiency in tenant paid units through a variety of approaches.