New Bedford Housing Authority (New Bedford, MA): Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)11%
Annual (2021)1%
Water Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)8%
Annual (2021)8%
PORTFOLIO ENERGY PERFORMANCE

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. New Bedford Housing Authority's portfolio consists of 44 properties and more than 2 million square feet. New Bedford Housing Authority has improved energy performance by 11% from a 2010 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2023. Energy savings have been achieved by implementing upgrades for air sealing and insulation of building envelopes at all the developments as well as new energy-efficient lighting and appliances.         

ENERGY PERFORMANCE BY PROPERTY

Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. New Bedford Housing Authority has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 6% at 22 of its properties. There are 11 properties that have experienced an increase in Source EUI. These properties have been targeted for future energy efficiency improvements.

IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT

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. New Bedford Housing Authority's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 50 to 200 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2010. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.

PORTFOLIO WATER PERFORMANCE

Better Buildings Challenge Partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source water use intensity (WUI) and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. New Bedford Housing Authority's portfolio consists of 44 properties and more than 2 million square feet. New Bedford Housing Authority has improved water performance by 8% from a 2013 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2023.

PORTFOLIO WASTE PERFORMANCE

Better Buildings Waste Pilot cohort participants strive to reduce portfolio-wide waste intensity and increase overall waste diversion. New Bedford Housing Authority is working towards a goal of 75% waste diversion by 2025. In 2020, New Bedford Housing Authority tracked waste data at 44 properties and achieved an overall waste diversion rate of 23%. New Bedford Housing Authority recycles and diverts electronics and appliances.