Passing building performance legislation is one step toward achieving long-lasting change. Making it come to fruition, however, requires strategic implementation.

IMT excels at working with policymakers and their communities to build the business, financial, and technical infrastructure that helps building owners and occupants and communities take action to improve their buildings.

How We Work

IMT has helped dozens of jurisdictions implement building performance policies on the ground, from deploying energy efficiency plans to engaging community members proactively to understand what kind of technical or financial support will be needed—and bringing that support to fruition. Our work has produced resources around collecting, analyzing and acting on performance data; guidance on effective stakeholder outreach plans and materials; and step-by-step details on effective program implementation for jurisdictions across the country.



Connecting practitioners to drive action is a critical component of successful policy implementation and IMT stands at the forefront of support hubs that do just that. This ranges from pioneering the first help desk for the District of Columbia’s benchmarking efforts and generating replicable and customizable practices to piloting resource hubs that help local actors find the tools and resources they need to take action. 


Fully unlocking the potential of high-performing buildings requires bringing all stakeholders together proactively and consistently. IMT excels at bringing many voices to the table as early as possible. We are actively engaged in ensuring that all facets of the clean energy economy—efficiency, renewable, grid flexibility, and demand response—are activated in tandem for maximum impact. This includes increasing community and local government engagement in utility regulatory and resource planning processes, creating more productive dialogue between landlords and tenants to drive action at the property level, and increasing community engagement with government leaders in policy design and implementation.

Spotlight: City Energy Project 

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From 2013 to 2021, IMT co-lead the City Energy Project, a first-of-its-kind project with the Natural Resource Defense Council that provided technical assistance and human resources to create and deploy building-focused climate policy in more than 20 U.S. cities. This $20-million initiative resulted in thousands of square feet of real estate regularly tracking, sharing, and working to reduce their energy use and associated carbon emissions. 

Key strategies of the City Energy Project were to:

  • Provide information about building energy use that will help owners and managers cut waste.
  • Align financial incentives for energy efficiency.
  • Ensure that building systems function optimally.
  • Encourage leadership from universities, hospitals, and other major stakeholders.

The lessons learned and best-in-class practices are now distilled for others to use in the City Energy Project Resource Library.