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. Towson's portfolio consists of more than 40 buildings and 5 million square feet. Towson has improved energy performance by 8% from a 2018 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 10% by 2029. 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. Energy savings have been achieved by implementing major lighting upgrades and stepping up retro-commissioning and continuous commissioning efforts across multiple properties, as well as installing more efficient HVAC systems such as energy recovery systems, VRF systems, and magnetic bearing chillers. In addition, improvements included upgrading building transformers to premium efficiency type, replacing boilers with instantaneous hot water systems, and expanding the campus wide energy management system to include nearly every campus building. Towson University is a signatory of the American College & President’s Climate Commitment and the DOE Better Buildings Challenge.