Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Office of Energy and Sustainable Development

Climate Action Plan Goals & Metrics for Building Energy Use

CAP building iconThe global warming emissions that result from energy use in Berkeley’s homes, businesses, and institutions represent approximately half of total community-wide emissions. The Climate Action Plan sets the goal of reducing building energy use emissions by 33% below 2000 levels by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Achieving this goal requires unprecedented increases in energy efficiency and renewable energy use.

Check out the Climate Action Plan’s goals for building energy use. Click on links below to review our community’s performance to date and to access other relevant resources and information.

Highlights:

Goals:

  1. Increase number of certified green buildings
  2. Residential: Enhance energy services 
  3. Commercial: Enhance energy services
  4. Residential & Commercial: Increase renewable energy use
  5. Municipal: Increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use

Goal 1: Increase green buildings in the new construction & remodel market
To achieve this goal, the City's Green Building Program encourages innovative strategies to minimize energy and water consumption, maximize the recycling of construction debris, and create a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. Click here for more information about green building.

Performance Metric      Key Takeaway Status
Green building certification (pdf) 47 buildings certified as LEED, Energy Star, or Green Point Rated No target
Berkeley City College (pdf) Green building case study Case Study
Seventh Haven Homes (pdf) Green building case study Case Study
Oxford Plaza (pdf) Green building case study Case Study

 

Goal 2: Enhance energy services & standards for existing residential properties
Electricity and natural gas consumption in residential buildings accounts for 26% of Berkeley’s greenhouse gas emissions. Click here for more information and programs on energy efficiency for homes.

Performance Metric      Key Takeaway  Status
Annual residential energy consumption (pdf) 13% reduction in energy use 2000-2012 Off target
Annual energy saved through CYES program (pdf) Annual savings on energy bills exceeds $184,000; over 2.3 million kWh saved annually No target

 

Goal 3: Enhance energy services & standards for existing commercial properties
Energy consumption in commercial buildings accounts for 28% of community-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

Performance Metric      Key Takeaway Status
Annual commercial energy consumption (pdf)

Commercial electricity use decreased by 7%
Commercial natural gas use increased 17%

Off target
Annual energy saved with Smart Lights Program (pdf)  Achieved 105% of its 3-year reduction target On target

  

Goal 4: Increase residential and commercial renewable energy use
The Climate Action Plan not only seeks to remove barriers to increased energy efficiency, but also to “green” the energy supply we consume through increased utilization of renewable energy sources, such as solar. Click here for more information about solar programs.

Performance Metric       Key Takeaway  Status
Annual solar photovoltaic installations (pdf) 1,000+ installations; 33% of 2020 target On target
Annual solar thermal installations (pdf) Solar thermal is at 35% of the current target, It will require exponential growth to meet the 2020 target Off target
Annual clients served by SmartSolar Program (pdf)  Exceeded its 2012 goals by achieving 176% of its green energy production goals On target


  

Goal 5: Increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use in public building
The greenhouse gas emissions that result from energy use in municipal buildings account for a small percentage of community-wide emissions - about 1%. Click here to learn more about municipal energy conservation.

Performance Metric       Key Takeaway  Status
Annual energy & GHG emissions at municipal facilities (pdf)  16% decrease in energy consumption per square foot Off target




Check out other Climate Action Plan core strategies & goals:

 CAP bike icon  CAP waste icon  CAP community icon  CAP adapting icon
Transportation & Land Use Waste Reduction & Recycling Community Outreach  Adapting to Climate Change

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