Whole Foods Market: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)17%
Annual (2020)6%

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 Food's portfolio consists of more than 350 buildings and 13 million square feet. Whole Foods has improved energy performance by 17% from a 2010 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2023. 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 facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Whole Foods has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 10 at 148 of its properties. There are 37 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 Food's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 500 to 1000 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.