How Can D.C. Building Owners Comply With The City’s New Energy Performance Standards?

Next to “D.C.,” there are no initials higher up in the minds of Washington commercial real estate building owners than “BEPS.” These letters stand for D.C.’s new Building Energy Performance Standards program, which builds on benchmarking requirements the district implemented in 2015.
These standards have been constructed around the median Energy Star score for buildings, which measures how efficiently a building is using energy. Starting in 2021, all D.C. buildings 50K SF or greater must comply with these standards or face consequences. The first compliance cycle began Jan. 1 and ends Dec. 31, 2026. By the third compliance cycle, all buildings…

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