University of Virginia: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)13%
Annual (2019)1%

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. UVA's portfolio consists of more than 400 buildings and 15 million square feet. Since 2010, UVA has improved energy performance by 13%, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2023. UVA pursues energy reductions by selecting its most energy intensive buildings for efficiency improvements. Also, the University has upgraded its district systems to increase efficiency across the entire portfolio. Individual energy reduction projects include comprehensive lighting retrofits and building controls upgrades. Conservation is also emphasized through outreach and engagement initiatives.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. UVA has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 10% at more than 150 of its properties. There are 92 properties that have experienced an increase in source EUI, but significant building metering changes account for some of these increases. These properties will be monitored closely and selected for retrofits as necessary.


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. UVA's portfolio includes a wide range of building uses and thus a wide range of EUI values. Since 2010, UVA has improved the EUI of many of these buildings. There is potential for improvement in the 92 buildings whose EUI values have increased since 2010. These improvements, along with expanded efforts to increase district energy efficiency and conservation programs are key aspects of UVA's strategy to meet the 2023 goal.