Hillsboro, OR: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)25%
Annual (2016)3%
Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)8%
Annual (2018)2%
Water Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)-13%
Annual (2018)-7%
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. Hillsboro's portfolio consists of 25 properties and about 400 thousand square feet. Hillsboro has already met and exceeded their initial goal of 20% savings by 2020. Since 2015, Hillsboro has improved energy performance by 8% by implementing a new Energy Management Plan that includes many lighting retrofits, HVAC and controls upgrades at the three largest properties, and an energy management policies awareness program focused on individual energy use.

ENERGY PERFORMANCE BY PROPERTY

Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Hillsboro has achieved energy performance improvement at more than half of their 25 properties. There are 10 properties that have experienced an increase in Source EUI. These properties may be targeted for future energy efficiency improvements

IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT

Property- and meter-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. Tracking energy use consistently throughout the year is also critical. Hillsboro's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUIs from 100 to 800 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2015. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.

WATER PERFORMANCE: SUMMARY

Better Buildings Challenge Partners in the Water Savings Pilot strive to decrease portfolio-wide water use intensity (WUI) and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. Hillsboro has increased water use intensity by 13% from a 2012 baseline. Most facilities have irrigation use tied to building water use. The past three summers have been unusually dry and hot, requiring substantially greater irrigation water use. Additionally, a new Public Works facility campus has new water-intensive uses such as equipment washing.  The City actively tracks utility bills to help identify and address water inefficiencies and leaks, and the higher-use facilities and parks will be targeted for water use reduction actions.