Model Ordinance for Building Performance Standards

IMT’s model ordinance is intended to provide the structural foundation for a strong BPS ordinance in any jurisdiction. It is part of a three-piece model ordinance suite—read a summary of the model ordinance or view the summary ordinance presentation here. IMT’s full suite of BPS resources is available at

The model ordinance language is meant to be modified as necessary to reflect local circumstances and policy priorities. IMT encourages governments to work with community members, community-based organizations, building owners, and professionals with expertise in fields such as real estate, energy efficiency, and sustainability to co-design and tailor performance standards to the specific needs of their communities.

This resource is a living document that will be updated based on the input of experts and feedback from governments, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders that use it in their policy development process.

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