Placer County, CA: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)7%
Annual (2018)-14%

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. Placer County's portfolio consists of more than 40 buildings and 1 million square feet. Partner has improved energy performance by 8% from a 2010 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2020. The energy savings can be attributed to multiple retrofits including lighting, HVAC, and controls systems. As well as installing energy upgrades, Placer County continues to analyze their electrical systems in pursuit of opportunities to increase efficiency.  


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Placer County has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 10% at 4 of its properties. There are 8 properties that have experienced an increase in Source EUI. Placer County has many improvement projects in discussion that will increase the efficiency of their portfolio.


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. Placer County's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 50 to 300 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. Through the use of Energy Star Portfolio Manager, Placer County is able to monitor performance, as well as identify and prioritize efficiency opportunities.