Fighting climate change means taking big steps to create healthier, more resilient, and more efficient buildings while reducing harmful emissions across communities.
Understanding this, leading governments are adopting building performance standards that require building owners in their communities to improve the energy and climate performance of their properties. IMT has helped local and state governments design and implement these policies since Washington, DC first adopted its BPS in 2018. Based on our experience supporting these trailblazing communities, we have created model BPS legislation and implementation guidance.
Building Your BPS Team
IMT recommends establishing four interrelated entities to address the full scope of roles and responsibilities needed to implement a BPS.
Government office responsible for implementation and management of the BPS.
Building Performance Improvement Board
Advisory board composed of experts in building science and real estate.
Committee of the BPIB composed of architects and engineers with deep expertise in building science.
BPS policies are expanding rapidly as many jurisdictions recognize the key role buildings play in meeting climate goals and in addressing social justice. However, each jurisdiction sets performance standards in the way that makes sense for them. See our matrix for a detailed comparison.
BPS policies generally apply to larger buildings initially, and may expand to smaller buildings over time. Larger properties are generally owned and managed by well-resourced companies, but owners and managers of smaller buildings may have limited staff or funds to address performance. A well-crafted BPS policy should allow reasonable flexibility for building owners so that occupants in buildings of all sizes benefit from improvements.
Internal governmental coordination and external coordination with utilities, community residents, and the private sector is essential. A high-performance buildings hub, can not only support compliance directly through education and outreach, but also work with community members, utilities and levels of government to support workforce development for new jobs.
Read the Full Implementation Guide
This guide is written to correspond to the requirements of implementing a BPS recommended in IMT’s Model Law for a Building Performance Standard, which provides the structural foundation for a BPS law in any jurisdiction. Throughout this guide, you will find many references to corresponding recommendations and sections in the model law.