State of North Carolina: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)24%
Water Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)20%
Annual (2020)6%
Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)24%
Annual (2020)7%
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.  North Carolina’s portfolio consists of 21 UNC System Universities and Affiliates, 14 State Agencies and 130 million square feet. *North Carolina has improved energy performance by 24% from a 2009 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. The State Energy Office through the Utility Savings Initiative provides education, training and on-site technical assistance to help drive energy conservation for all governmental units throughout the state. With the help of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 80 that establishes a new goal to be 40% more efficient by 2025, NC is working hard to use even less energy.  Energy Savings have been achieved by the implementation of EO 80, ongoing lighting retrofits across campuses, HVAC upgrades, construction of new energy efficient buildings, and USI participants working to continue to identify no and low cost opportunities for savings. 

PORTFOLIO WATER PERFORMANCE

Better Buildings Challenge Partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source water use intensity (WUI) and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. North Carolina has improved water performance by 20% from a 2009 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2022. Water savings have been achieved by implementing conservation plans and goals for employees and students, converting to reclaim water for toilets, irrigation, and cooling towers, repairing leaking pipes and steamtraps, and installing low flow fixtures. *2020 water consumption is significantly lower than a typical year since buildings experienced reduced occupancy due to COVID-19 disruptions.