Milwaukee, WI: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)8%
Annual (2020)4%

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. Milwaukee's portfolio consists of more than 100 buildings and 4.5 million square feet.

*Milwaukee has improved energy performance by 8% from a 2009 baseline. Energy consumption during 2020 was significantly lower than a typical year since COVID-19 disruptions resulted in temporary building closures and reduced occupancy for much of the year.



Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Milwaukee has achieved energy performance improvement of 15% or greater at 22 properties. The City's Energy Reduction Team continues to evaluate opportunities for energy savings in all buildings, with an emphasis on projects that have the greatest return on investment.


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. The Energy Reduction Team uses Portfolio Manager and other energy analysis tools to identify opportunities for improvement, using both technology and behavioral approaches. In 2019, Milwaukee created a comprehensive energy plan that included investment grade audits of the building portfolio, established minimum energy efficiency guidelines, and created an implementation roadmap to reach a 20% reduction. Project implementation was disrupted in 2020 due to COVID-19 but is expected to resume in 2021 and beyond.