DOEE’s Building Performance and Enforcement Branch oversees the District’s landmark programs focused on measuring and reducing the energy consumption of the building sector. Energy Benchmarking for private and public buildings began with the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 (CAEA) and requires large buildings to annually benchmark their energy and water efficiency and report the results to DOEE for public disclosure.
Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS)
The Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) were set forth in Title III of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018. The BEPS is a minimum threshold of energy performance that will be no lower than the local median ENERGY STAR score by property type (or equivalent metric). The standards were created 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.
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