Pharmavite: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)6%
Annual (2017)8%

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. Pharmavite’s portfolio consists of 5 facilities and almost 900 thousand square feet. Pharmavite has improved energy performance by 6.8% from a 2015 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 25% by 2025. Energy savings have been achieved by implementing recommendations from Kaizen events including implementing a building management system with improved lighting and comfort control, adding VFDs to air compressors, and improving boilers.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy.  One of Pharmavite’s production facilities has already achieved almost 12% savings, while its packaging and distribution facilities have improved over 6%. One of the facilities increased energy intensity since 2015, but it recently held a Kaizen event and has a 3 year plan for energy reduction projects.

Method for Calculating Energy Performance

Pharmavite uses the Department of Energy's EnPI tool to normalize energy data for each facility, allowing Pharmavite to account for variations in production and weather. Pharmavite produces several types of vitamins and minerals (i.e., tablets, gummies, soft gel), additionally, production facilities require intense climate control for its production facilities, resulting in a significant baseload. The energy use and absolute change in use are tracked for each facility on both monthly and annual basis. These metrics are rolled up to the corporate level, with a corporate-wide percent improvement in energy intensity calculated by taking a weighted average of the percent change in energy intensity at the individual facilities.