West Palm Beach, FL: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)20%
Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)4%
Annual (2020)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. West Palm Beach's portfolio consists of 28 buildings and 1.5 million square feet.

*West Palm Beach has improved energy performance by 4% from a 2015 baseline. 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. West Palm Beach is a progressive city focused on sustainability for its community viability and understands that GHG reduction is imperative. In addition to the city’s Better Buildings Challenge commitment, as part of its commitment to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, the City pledges to have net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In March 2021, Mayor Keith James stood-up a Climate Resilience Taskforce focused on implementing the City’s newly updated Rethink Paradise Action Plan to make the City a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient community for all of its citizens and visitors. To achieve emission reductions, West Palm Beach is active in employing cleaner technologies and renewable energy solutions such as participating in the Florida Power and Light (FPL) SolarTogether program and renovating its Wastewater Treatment Plant to use less energy-intensive, anaerobic digestion methods.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. West Palm Beach has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 6% at more than 9 of its properties. There are 14 properties that have experienced an increase in Source EUI. These properties have been targeted for future energy efficiency improvements.


Property-level energy performance metrics, including EUI and percent improvement to date, are critical to track progress over time and identify opportunties for additional energy savings. West Palm Beach's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 100 to 150 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2015. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.