IMT’s Building Performance Policy Center, formerly known as, is a central stop for quickly understanding the landscape of building performance-related laws across the U.S.

Here you will find jurisdictional profiles at a glance, as well as links to helpful resources. For more information, contact

Building Performance Policies You Should Know

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Benchmarking and transparency policies that require buildings to monitor and share their building performance data on a regular basis provide an essential starting point for informed real estate and policy decisions. To date, more than 35 U.S. jurisdictions have passed these policies, often in collaboration with IMT, resulting in the benchmarking in billions of square feet of real estate.

For a compilation of energy benchmarking resources and blogs, check out our collection page.

Falling somewhere between energy benchmarking policies and building performance standards, audit and tune-up policies assess the current state of energy systems in different buildings and encourage owners and operators to make reasonable energy upgrades within those same buildings whenever possible. Retrocommissioning improves the way that building equipment and systems operate.

For a compilation of resources and blogs, check out our  retrocommissioning and audit collection pages. 

Building performance standards (BPS) are quickly emerging as a transformative policy tool to address climate change and building-related carbon emissions. Contrary to a benchmarking and transparency policy, a BPS sets performance targets for building performance around elements such as energy, gas, and water use, or emissions and peak energy demand. These targets become stricter over time, driving continuous, long-term improvement in the building stock. IMT is leading the development of such policies nationwide.

For a compilation of resources and blogs on building performance standards, check out our collection page

Building Performance Policies at a Glance


One of IMT’s most in-demand resources, this map summarizes which cities, counties, and states have adopted mandatory building energy benchmarking and transparency policies for existing buildings. This map summarizes at a glance which U.S. jurisdictions have passed building performance standards for commercial buildings that require performance improvements in a wide range of buildings over time.

Introducing the IMT Ally Program

The Institute for Market Transformation’s Ally Program is a paid membership program for companies and organizations working to transform today’s buildings into the high-performing building blocks of an equitable, low-carbon future. IMT Allies benefit from IMT’s market-leading expertise on building energy and climate policy and provide IMT financial support to continue to serve as an ideation lab for next-generation public policies and business practices to reduce energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions in America’s buildings and communities. Learn more about IMT’s Ally Program.