Rochester, NY: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)23%
Annual (2019)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. Rochester's portfolio consists of more than 80 buildings and 4 million square feet. Since 2009, Rochester has improved energy performance by 23% overall when including water treatment plants and street lights. Energy savings have been achieved primarily through performing lighting upgrades at properties including City Hall, municipal garages, central maintenance facilities, and libraries. In addition, LED street lighting upgrades and the renovation of buildings and building systems with newer, more efficient designs have contributed to the overall performance improvement.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Through targeted investment in energy efficiency upgrades, the City of Rochester has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 6% at 38 of its properties. There are 28 properties that have experienced an increase in source EUI. Most of these properties have had energy audits, so opportunities for energy efficiency improvements have been identified and can be implemented as soon as feasible.


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. The City of Rochester's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 50 to 500 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2009. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings. Continuous evaluation of properties' performance as well as evaluation of energy audit results will assist in identifying where energy efficiency opportunities exist for more targeted improvements.