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Building Energy Performance Standards

The District’s Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) is a key component towards the vision for a Sustainable DC: In just one generation – 20 years – the District will be the healthiest, greenest, most livable city for all residents.BEPs

  • 50% Reduction in greenhouse gases by 2032
  • Carbon Neutral by 2050
  • 50% Reduction in District-wide energy use by 2032

Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS)

The Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) were set forth in Title III of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018. The Act states that, starting in 2021, owners of buildings over 50,000 square feet that are below a specific energy performance threshold will be required to improve their energy efficiency over the next 5 years. Projects below the performance threshold will be able to choose between a performance pathway, which requires that they document a 20% reduction in energy usage over the 5 year compliance period, or a prescriptive list of required energy efficiency measures.

These requirements build upon the success of the District’s Energy Benchmarking program, which has been collecting energy and water performance data on properties over 50,000 square feet since 2013.

BEPS Working Group/Task Force

DOEE will be convening a Task Force to advise the agency on how to implement the BEPS program. The Task Force will officially convene in late 2019. Until that time, DOEE plans to form an informal BEPS working group to begin addressing some of the critical topics that will affect the successful rollout of the program.

If you are interested in staying up-to-date on the activities of the BEPS working group, please fill out this form >>

Below is the schedule for the four working group sessions that DOEE will be hosting over the summer of 2019. Find out more details and RSVP for the sessions >>

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Q: What is the timeline for the implementation of BEPS? What will I need to do and when?
A: DOEE will establish the first BEPS for buildings 50,000 square feet and above in January 2021. The benchmarking requirements will decrease to 25,000 square feet and 10,000 square feet in 2021 and 2024, respectively, and those buildings will be held to the BEPS requirements starting in 2023 and 2026, respectively.
BEPs Timeline
In addition to BEPS and the square footage threshold changes for benchmarking, the Omnibus Act requires that building owners have their benchmarking data verified by a third party every three years. Many of the details have yet to be worked out in regard to the implementation of the BEPS requirements and the third party verification component. However, for a building owner that is currently required to benchmark (buildings >50,000 square feet), this is what you can expect the next several years to look like:

BEPs Timeline
Q: What services are available to help me finance the necessary efficiency upgrades in order to meet the requirements of BEPS?
A: Along with the creation of BEPS, the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act establishes additional funding for the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) and the District’s Green Bank. Additionally, the District is home to the nation’s oldest Property Assessed Clean Energy program (DC PACE). DOEE will be working with these entities to ensure that the right services and offerings are in place for building owners to finance the upgrades needed to comply with BEPS and achieve the District’s ambitious energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

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