Green Building Challenge 2019


The Cleveland 2030 District holds an annual friendly Green Building Challenge in collaboration with USGBC Ohio, Northeast Region.  

We use Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM) to collect and analyze energy and water data. Originally, ESPM created the Energy Use Intensity (EUI is measured as kBtu/square foot/year) baseline using a 2003 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey.  They recently updated baseline calculations using a 2012 survey.  The 2030 Districts use ZeroTool to recreate the 2003 baseline to remain consistent in the challenge year over year. 

The Water Use Intensity score (total water consumption/square foot/year) baseline is set by using the building's own 2010 water use provided by Cleveland Water.

We collect data from commuters in member buildings every other year.  Our most recent transportation survey was at the end of 2018.  We measure baseline transportation emissions (CO2/commuter/year) using the 2001 National Household Travel Survey.

This year's challenge measured reduction in EUI, WUI, and reduction in commuter transportation emissions, each in three categories:

30-39% reduction from baseline

40-49% reduction from baseline

Over 50% reduction from baseline

Congratulations to the 2019 Green Building Challenge winners:

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