Title III of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 (CEDC Act) created the Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) Program. The BEPS are set a minimum threshold of energy performance that will be no lower than the local median score by property type (or equivalent metric). The purpose of the BEPS Program is to drive energy performance in existing buildings to help meet the energy and climate goals of the Sustainable DC plan — to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption by 50% by 2032.
Because of the major impacts the BEPS will have on the building sector in the District, the CEDC Act mandated the creation of a formal Task Force to advise the DOEE, composed of representatives from critical stakeholder groups and appointed by the Mayor. The BEPS Task Force began meeting on a biweekly basis in December 2019 and continues to meet through the entirety of 2020, and into 2021, in order to make recommendations on the implementation and enforcement of the BEPS program. The document below summarized the BEPS Task Force discussions and recommendations through September 2020 that helped inform the design of the program.