Nuveen Real Estate: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Average Annual % Improvement2%

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. Nuveen Real Estate enrolled portfolio consists of approximately 120 buildings totaling more than 25 million square feet. Since 2008, Nuveen Real Estate has improved energy performance by an average of more than 2.0% per year, and is well on its way to meeting its 20% reduction goal. Energy savings have been achieved by implementing a comprehensive sustainability initiative, including technology upgrades, tenant education and operational improvements, and seeking continuous operational excellence.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy.Nuveen Real Estate has achieved its improvements through a broad-based approach, with nearly half of all properties achieving a reduction in energy intensity of greater than 15% since 2008.


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. Nuveen Real Estate portfolio consists of properties with a range of baseline EUI values, most of which are between 125 to 350 kBtu/sq. ft. The portfolio has shown significant energy improvement since 2008.