UW Health: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)25%
Annual (2018)0%

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. UW Health's portfolio consists of 34 buildings and 4.7 million square feet. UW Health has improved energy performance by 25% from a 2013 baseline, achieving their initial Better Buildings Challenge goal within 5 years as opposed to 10, and UW Health has pledged to save an additional 14% from their 2013 baseline. Energy savings have been achieved through several retro-commissioning projects, upgrading to LED lights, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, and an Energy & Water team that focuses on measuring, and benchmarking to identify opportunities across the portfolio.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. UW Health has achieved energy performance improvements of greater than 2% at 18 of its properties, but there are still 7 properties that have experienced a performance improvement of less than 2% in Source EUI. These properties represent the top priorities for energy enhancements and retro-commissioning projects in the near future.


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. UW Health's portfolio consists of a wide range of EUIs, mostly between 100 and 400 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2013, while the properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.