Rockford Housing Authority (Rockford, IL): Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)23%
Annual (2017)1%
Portfolio Summary: Whole Building Data by Reporting Period

Better Buildings Challenge partners strive to report whole-building data for all properties within their portfolio. Often, Multifamily partners face the added challenge of collecting data from tenant-paid utility accounts. The Better Buildings Challenge is working with Multifamily partners and utility companies to improve the data collection and reporting process. While this important work continues, Multifamily partners are being recognized for their successes within those properties that are reporting whole-building data. The Rockford Housing Authority's portfolio consists of 9 properties, 1,200 apartment units and 1.0 million square feet. For the 2017 reporting period, Rockford HA reported whole-building data for 77% of its portfolio.

Rockford Housing Authority (Rockford, IL)

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. Rockford HA's portfolio consists of more than 9 buildings and 1 million square feet. Rockford HA has improved energy performance by 23% for the properties that are reporting whole building data from a 2014 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2023. Energy savings have been achieved through an EPC with Johnson Controls that has included  lighting retrofits across all properties, HVAC upgrades at the three largest properties, and an energy awareness program focused on low-cost opportunities for savings. 


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Rockford has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 15% at 5 of its properties. There remains only 1 property that is not reporting whole building data, this property should be the focus of future energy efficiency benchmarking efforts.


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. Rockford's portfolio consists of properties with  a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 92 to 354 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2014. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.