Michigan State University: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)21%
Annual (2018)6%

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. Michigan State University's portfolio consists of 187 buildings and 20 million square feet. Since 2010, Michigan State has improved energy performance by 21%. EUI improvements have come from improved generation efficiency at MSU’s T.B. Simon Power Plant, as well as an existing building commissioning program aimed at tuning up the operation of building systems and smaller projects like lighting retrofits in parking ramps.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy.  Michigan State University has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 15% at over 50 of its properties. There are 42 properties that have experienced no improvement or an increase in source EUI. Most of these buildings have untapped opportunities to implement energy conservation measures.


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. Michigan State University has a wide variety of property types that leads to a wide range of baseline EUI values. The top 10 buildings with the highest EUI are all driven by process loads which will present a challenge to improve. The total square footage of these ten buildings represent only 5,160 square feet.