Whole Foods: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)17%
Annual (2018)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. Whole Foods Market’s portfolio consists of more than 350 buildings and almost 13 million square feet. Energy savings have been achieved by implementing a wide portfolio of retrofit projects: from refrigeration controls and lighting upgrades, to motor retrofits, HVAC system improvements, and energy sub-metering and monitoring that resulted in avoided energy usage. Whole Foods Market also implemented an energy awareness program for store operations and added doors to open refrigerated cases in some stores. They will be continuing this plan moving forward.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Whole Foods Market has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 10% at 99 of its properties. There are 49 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 opportunities for additional energy savings. Whole Foods Market's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 500 to 1,500 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2010. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.