Step 2. Determine Your Goals

Set the right goals for your building project.

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Once benchmarking helps you understand how your building is performing, you need to determine your performance goals. Goals can be based on regulatory requirements, such as DC’s BEPS legislation; investor pressure; tenant demand; market trends; or internal company targets. You need to consider your most important immediate and long-term goals and create a comprehensive plan to meet them. The questions below can help you determine your next steps.

Which of the following goals are you interested in achieving?

Compliance with local regulation

  • Meeting the short-term, minimum requirements for compliance with BEPS?
  • Aiming for long-term compliance with BEPS?

Environmental considerations

  • Achieving company- or organization-wide sustainability targets?
  • Looking towards the future of DC’s climate-related policies and goals?

Economic considerations

  • Completing the lowest-cost option available?
  • Receiving the best value for your budget?
  • Increasing your property value?
  • Lowering your utility and other operating expenses?
  • Generating additional revenue?

Building enhancements

  • Increasing your tenant satisfaction or retention rates?
  • Meeting new market demands for healthy spaces?
  • Improving indoor environmental quality for building occupants?
  • Eliminate the use of fossil fuels in your building?
  • Improving overall building operations?

External market leadership and corporate social responsibility visibility

Internal company goals

  • Establishing a culture around sustainability?
  • Improving the knowledge, skills, and capacity of current staff members?

Use the answers to these questions, alongside an understanding about your building’s performance, to inform project scope.

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