The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)1%
Annual (2018)-1%

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. Good Sam's portfolio consists of 30 properties, 1,282 apartment units and 1 million square feet. For the 2018 reporting period, Good Sam reported whole-building data for 60% of its portfolio.

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society

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. Good Sam uses a unique engineered 2010 baseline developed for the SAHF Big Reach energy efficiency initiative and approved by the BBC.  Good Sam has improved energy performance by 1% from a 2015 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2023.  Good Sam's energy savings are being achieved by implementing energy saving standards for all new construction, in-house replacements, and major rehabs.  These include lighting retrofits, Energy Star rated appliances, low flow water works, and their intensive preventative maintenance plan for all locations. 


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across properties reporting whole building data can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy.  Good Sam has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 6% at more than 12 of its properties, with 8 of these achieving savings in excess of 15%. There are 5 properties reporting whole building data that have experienced an increase in Source EUI.  These properties have been targeted for future energy efficiency improvements.