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Cleveland, OH

Cleveland, OH

Energy Performance


20% Reduction in Energy Intensity by 2020 from a 2010 Baseline


4.5 Million Square Feet


Cumulative (vs. Baseline) 1%
Annual (2012) 2%


Portfolio Energy Performance

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. Cleveland's reported portfolio consists of 110 buildings and about 4.1 million square feet. Since the 2010 baseline, cumulative energy performance has improved by 1 percent. During this timeframe, the city has established a comprehensive energy data management system that tracks energy cost and consumption for all facilities and implemented energy efficiency projects such as lighting and HVAC upgrades at some city facilities, that contributed to this improvement.

Energy Performance by Facility

Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Cleveland has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 6% at more than 50 of its facilities. There are 36 facilities that have experienced an increase in Source EUI. These facilities and those with the highest energy intensity will continue to be prioritized for energy performance improvements, before extending the scope to other city facilities.

Identifying Opportunities for Improvement

Facility-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. Cleveland's portfolio consists of facilities with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 0 to 600 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of facilities have shown energy improvement since 2010. The facilities located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.Separately, energy performance of the city's water treatment plants, as well as Cleveland Hopkins Airport and a few facilities for which square feet information was not available for this release, will be tracked going forward.