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Forest City Enterprises

Forest City

Energy Performance


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


14 Million Square Feet


Cumulative (vs. Baseline) 1%
Annual (2012) 10%

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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. Forest City's portfolio consists of more than 70 buildings and 14 million square feet. Since 2010, Forest City has improved energy performance by 1 percent. The program jump started in June of 2011 and many improvements were budgeted for implementation in 2012. FCE continues to implement better tracking methods in order to distinguish changes in energy use as a result of efficiency improvements or changes in occupancy and heightened tenant services.

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. Forest City has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 2% at 35 of its facilities.Energy savings have been achieved by implementing lighting retrofits across all facilities, HVAC upgrades at the three largest facilities, and an energy awareness program focused on low-cost opportunities for savings. Those facilities that have experienced an increase in Source EUI will be targeted for additional ASHRAE Level 1 energy audits in order to determine the best mix of energy efficiency improvements.

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. In the case of Forest City, there are a number of facilities with EUI values between 100 and 200 kBtu/sq. ft. that present good opportunities for savings. There are also a number of facilities that started with EUI values between 100 and 300 kBtu/sq.ft. that have already achieved energy savings between 0 and 15%.