Philadelphia, PA: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)18%
Annual (2020)7%

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. Philadelphia's portfolio consists of 25 buildings and 15 million square feet.

*Philadelphia has improved energy performance by 18% from a 2013 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. Energy savings at the City of Philadelphia have been achieved during COVID-19 and before 2020 by implementing large-scale lighting retrofits, HVAC upgrades, as well as the implementation of guaranteed energy savings projects to drive energy reductions. The most recent guaranteed energy savings project took place at the Philadelphia Art Museum (PMA) and was completed in 2020. The PMA, one of the largest energy-using buildings in the City's portfolio, is projected to reduce its energy use by 23 percent as a result of the project. Through this project and others, the City is reducing energy use, cost, and carbon emissions.