Retirement Housing Foundation: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)5%
Annual (2018)1%
PORTFOLIO SUMMARY: WHOLE BUILDING DATA BY REPORTING PERIOD

Better Buildings Challenge partners strive to report whole-building data for all properties within their portfolio. Often, Multifamily partners face the added challenge of collecting data from tenant-paid utility accounts. The Better Buildings Challenge is working with Multifamily partners and utility companies to improve the data collection and reporting process. While this important work continues, Multifamily partners are being recognized for their successes within those properties that are reporting whole-building data. The Retirement Housing Foundation portfolio consists of 161 properties and 12 million square feet. For the 2018 reporting period, RHF reported whole-building data for 36% of its portfolio.

Retirement Housing Foundation
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. RHF's portfolio consists of 161 properties and ~12 million square feet. RHF has improved energy performance by 5% from a 2014 baseline for those properties reporting whole-building data, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2023.  RHF is continuing in their efforts to retrofit windows, replace HVAC units and PTACs, and focus on water conservation measures. They are partnering with energy companies like SoCalGas to replace boilers and hot water heaters to gain greater energy efficiencies.

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. RHF has achieved energy performance improvements between 6% and 15% at 9 of its properties and savings greater than 15% at 5 of its properties. There are 6 properties that have experienced an increase in Source EUI. These properties have been targeted for future energy efficiency improvements.

IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT

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. RHF's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 75 to 175 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties reporting whole-building data have shown energy improvement since 2014. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.