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DC Building Energy Performance Standards


On January 18, 2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed  the “CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018” into law.  The goal of this legislation is to:

  • · Reduce GHG emissions in the District by 50% by 2032 and 100% by 2050
  • · Achieve 100% renewable electricity in the District by 2032
  • · Develop Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) for buildings in the District
  • · Adopt Net Zero Energy (NZE) for new construction, starting in 2026


The legislation established a Building Energy Performance Standard Program (BEPS) to set benchmarks for energy performance for buildings in the District.   The standards will be established by the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and will initially apply to all private buildings with 50,000 square feet or greater and all District-owned buildings 10,000 square feet or greater.  These initial standards will go into effect on January 1, 2021.

In addition, private buildings 25,000 square feet or greater will have to comply with the BEPS standards by January 1, 2023. Private buildings greater than 10,000 square feet must comply by January 1, 2026.

The legislation also decreed that buildings which fail to meet a median or higher Energy Star rating will need to adopt and implement measures that either: (i) increase their rating to meet or exceed the median rating or (ii) achieve a 20% improvement in the building’s energy efficiency.  DOEE is still developing the standards and AOBA is actively participating in this process as are other AOBA members.


What you need to do now

  • Identify all buildings in your portfolio that are 50,000 square feet and above and ensure you are currently in compliance with DC Benchmarking Rules
  • Check the Energy Star rating for buildings, which are currently scheduled to be finalized in September 2019
  • Identify where the buildings in your portfolio rank in relation to the median scorea.
  • DOEE has provided guidance for the median Energy Star score for buildings in DC is 64 for commercial buildings and 66 for multifamily buildings.
  • Develop a plan for your path to compliance with the new standards