Building Performance Standards

A New Framework for Equitable Policies to Address Existing Buildings

A new framework is available for local governments, community and industry stakeholders interested in Building Performance Standards (BPS) to improve existing buildings. The policy tool can help cities reach climate goals while integrating equity and economic inclusion.

At its most basic, a BPS policy establishes targets for buildings to reduce energy use or greenhouse gas emissions, or to improve other metrics, over time. In addition, successful BPS policies include complementary support programs and assistance for covered buildings, local workforce, and historically underserved populations.

Download the Building Performance Standards Framework


Upcoming Webinars

We are pleased to host a three-part webinar series to support stakeholders in exploring and engaging on opportunities related to BPS policy. Each webinar will focus on a specific audience, but we encourage interested stakeholders to join all three webinars to hear different perspectives.

Check out the webinar series below and register to join!

Webinar 1: Building Performance Standards for Local Governments

Thursday, September 16th, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

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Building Performance Standards (BPS) are an emerging policy tool to help drive emission-reductions within the built environment. Higher performing buildings can result in increased occupant comfort, energy savings, increased resilience and other benefits. Cities and counties interested in BPS policies now have access to a new resource, which outlines steps from BPS policy exploration to implementation. Throughout, the BPS Framework lifts up considerations for equity and workforce development. This webinar and document are based on  key learnings from a workshop and 18 months of biweekly sessions among communities in the American Cities Climate Challenge and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.  This webinar will review the basics of BPS, highlight the framework and feature perspectives on BPS from Denver, CO and Montgomery County, MD who were in the workshop cohort. 

Webinar 2: Building Performance Standards for Community

Thursday, October 21st, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

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Local governments are increasingly exploring new requirements for improving the energy performance of buildings in the community through policy tools such as Building Performance Standards (BPS). In this webinar, we invite community-based organizations and frontline communities to learn more about the BPS Framework and implications for community, including potential benefits and harms. To support community organizations in engaging with cities on a BPS-type policy, we will discuss different components of BPS policy development and how communities can engage to center community priorities. 

Webinar 3: Building Performance Standards for Industry Professionals

Thursday, November 18th, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern 

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As a new policy tool, BPS have the potential to impact climate and equity goals for implementing jurisdictions. For industry professionals these policies will present new challenges and opportunities for building design, planning and operations. This webinar will highlight policy development and implementation areas critical for consideration by building owners, operators, facility managers, architects, engineers, and many others.