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Guide to the 2021 Building Energy Performance Standards

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Title III of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 (CEDC Act) created the Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) Program.  The Standards set a minimum threshold of energy performance that is 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.

The 2021 Building Energy Performance Standards have been established through an emergency rulemaking and posted in the DC Register, effective January 1, 2021. All persons desiring to comment on the proposed rulemaking should file comments in writing not later than thirty (30) days after publication of this notice in the D.C. Register. Comments should be clearly marked “Public Comments: Establishment of the 2021 BEPS” and filed with DOEE, Benchmarking, 1200 First Street, N.E., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, Attention: Building Performance and Enforcement Branch, or e-mailed to [email protected].

Below are links to the “Guide to the 2021 BEPS”, as well as a copy of the benchmarking data used to create the Standards. Those wishing to request a variance may do so by submitting the Variance Request Form at the link below.