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Kohl's Department Stores


Energy Performance


20% Reduction in Energy Intensity by 2020 from a 2008 Baseline


112 Million Square Feet


Cumulative (vs. Baseline) 12%
Annual (2013) 5%

Kohls Building

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. Kohl's portfolio consists of more than 1,100 buildings and 112 million square feet. Since 2008, Kohl's has improved energy performance by 12 percent. Energy savings have been achieved through lighting upgrades, integration of Energy Management Systems, and installation of solar photovoltaic systems on more than 150 locations.

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. Kohl's has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 10% at over 300 facilities. There are less than 100 facilities that have experienced an increase in Source EUI. These facilities have been targeted for future 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. Kohl's has four prototypes ranging from 55,000 to 92,000 square feet. Areas of opportunity include take-over locations, two story and mall locations, corporate offices, and distribution centers. Within this narrower distribution, there are opportunities to target more energy intensive facilities.