University of Utah: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)19%
Annual (2018)5%

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. 
The University of Utah's portfolio consists of more than 280 buildings and nearly 15 million square feet. The University’s total energy consumption and costs are the lowest they’ve been since 2011 (despite 23% growth in total building area over the same time span). The University of Utah has improved energy performance by 19% from a 2008 baseline, and is currently on track to achieve a goal of 20% by 2020. 
Energy savings have been achieved by a combination of Energy Management projects (lighting and HVAC improvements completed using our green revolving fund), improved central plant operations and an increased emphasis on energy efficiency in construction and renovation projects. Energy-efficient buildings, such as the new Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons Building, have contributed to an impressive 3.5% reduction in energy consumption in 2018. This includes a 3.2% reduction of local emissions. The University of Utah takes great pride in reducing, avoiding, and improving energy consumption, both now and in the future.