D.C. DOEE Announces Building Energy Performance Standards Working Group Session Dates

Posted By: Kirsten B. Williams, Esq. Headlines ,

While the mandatory Building Energy Performance Standards of the Clean Energy DC Plan will begin in 2021, the District Department of Energy and the Environment has initiated working group sessions to help shape the new standards. Come share your ideas and hear from speakers who will highlight building retrofit projects that are reducing energy use and saving money.
 
To register to attend, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-of-columbia-beps-working-group-sessions-tickets-63699577150. All four sessions will be held at the District Department of Energy and the Environment, 1200 First St., NE.
 
Session 1: Financial Resources/Incentives - Tuesday, June 25 (4-6 pm)

  • Join the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), the DC Sustainable Energy Unit (DCSEU), and the DC Green Bank to learn about existing programs, followed by open discussion to share your ideas on what financial incentives and offerings are necessary to assist building owners with meeting BEPS requirements.

Session 2: Program Structure and Implementation – Tuesday, July 16 (4-6 pm)

  • Join DOEE as it continues the conversation around the Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) through our second working group session. This session will be focused on the program structure and implementation of BEPS.

Session 3: Technical Assistance and Training – Tuesday, August 6 (4-6 pm)

  • Join DOEE as it continues the conversation around BEPS through our third working group session. This session will be focused on technical assistance and training necessary for building owners to comply with the Building Energy Performance Standard.

Session 4: Energy Efficiency Strategies – Tuesday, September 17 (4-6 pm)

  • Join DOEE as it continues the conversation around BEPS through our fourth working group session. This session will be focused on proven energy efficiency strategies for building owners to comply with BEPS.

As a reminder, the Building Energy Performance Standards were established as a part of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018. Starting in 2021, owners of buildings over 50,000 square feet that are below a specific energy performance threshold will be required to improve their energy efficiency over the next five years. Projects below the performance threshold will be able to choose between a performance pathway, which requires that they document a 20 percent reduction in energy usage over the five-year compliance period, or a prescriptive list of required energy efficiency measures.
 
If you have questions about the Clean Energy DC Plan or the legislation, please contact Kirsten Williams at (202) 296-3390, ext. 243 or via email kwilliams@aoba-metro.org.