PORTFOLIO ENERGY PERFORMANCE
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. Minnesota's portfolio consists of more than 1,200 buildings and 22 million square feet.
*Minnesota has improved energy performance by 19% from a 2010 baseline. COVID-19 resulted in building operation changes. In 2020, there was some natural gas use increase as a result of keeping the buildings at room temperate with less people to warm the space with their body heat, and some electricity use increase from increased airflow related to potential virus transmission reduction. However, this energy use was ultimately offset from less people in the office resulting in decreased energy use from fewer plug loads or other reductions, and some agencies able to do more energy efficiency retrofits, particularly on the Capitol Complex.