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COH releases energy use data for city buildings, plans to improve efficiency

Part of plan to curb emissions

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The City of Houston released energy use data for 62 city-owned buildings, each of which are 25,000 square feet or more, as part of a plan to “identify operational and management adjustments to reduce energy use, save taxpayers’ money, and increase government transparency,” according to a press release from the Mayor’s Office. More from the press release:

“The City of Houston has a strong history of implementing cost-effective and practical energy efficiency projects that grow the local economy and improve the bottom line of our buildings,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “Measuring the energy use of our municipal buildings is the next step in continuing this legacy.  We now know which buildings are not performing as expected, and we are committed to making improvements.  This data will allow us to identify additional ways to optimize building performance to reduce energy bills and save money —money that can be reinvested in city services.”

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The City of Houston has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent since 2007, and today’s announcement follows Mayor Parker’s commitment that the City of Houston will reduce local GHG emissions another 10 percent by 2016.  Decreasing building energy use is a key step in meeting these goals.  Facility energy performance data is being used to identify municipal buildings in which energy efficiency strategies can be piloted and implemented.

Energy use data was collected for the buildings using the EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software tool. Site energy use intensity (EUI) data, based on 2013 data, for each building is now available to the public online via an interactive map. Through this portal users can also find information about the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, learn how energy efficiency initiatives can pay off with lower energy costs, and gain access to resources and training. 

Full press release: HOUSTON RELEASES ENERGY-PERFORMANCE DATA
Source: City of Houston, November 19, 2014

Photo: Ed Schipul (Flickr)

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