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Building Energy Performance Standards

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.

DOEE will establish the first set of standards by January 1, 2021. Standards will then be set every 6 years, creating BEPS periods (BEPS 1, BEPS 2, etc.). These requirements build upon the success of the District’s Energy Benchmarking program, so if you are mandated to benchmark, the BEPS program applies to your building. As the benchmarking requirements ratchet down in square footage over time, buildings will be subject to the BEPS requirements in following periods until all buildings 10,000 sq. ft. and over are following the performance standards.

  • BEPS 1: Private buildings >50,000 sq. ft. and DC-owned >10,000 sq. ft.
  • BEPS 2: Private buildings >25,000 sq. ft. and DC-owned >10,000 sq. ft.
  • BEPS 3: Private buildings and DC-owned >10,000 sq. ft.

Buildings that do not meet the standard for a BEPS period will be placed in a 5-year compliance cycle. The building owner has until the end of the cycle to bring their building into compliance following one of the compliance paths available. More details about the paths will be available once the rules and guidance documents are finalized by DOEE. This is the basic framework of the compliance paths:

  • Performance Path: reduce energy usage 20%
  • Prescriptive Path: implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures
  • Standard Target Path: For property types with standards above the national median, reach the standard
  • Alternative Compliance Paths: allows an owner to apply to follow a path with special criteria

In 2020, DOEE will be working with input from the BEPS Task Force and other DC government agencies to establish the rules and policies that will drive the program. To stay involved in the development of the program, use the links below:

The BEPS Task Force was recognized with the 2020 Community Leader Award for “Excellence in Government, Advocacy, or Policy (Local Government)” by the U.S. Green Building Council National Capital Region at their annual “A Midsummer Night’s Green celebration on July 23, 2020. Check out all the awards given to recognize local excellence in high-performance building design, environmental stewardship, community impact, and volunteerism.

If you are interested in learning more about BEPS, please contact us at [email protected].

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

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