There are numerous regulations that affect buildings in Washington, DC. This suite of resources focuses specifically on the new Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) and the latest building code updates. These pages provide an overview of the regulations and links to government and industry resources for bringing your buildings into compliance.
Building Energy Performance Standards
- An overview of the Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) program in DC.
- Up-to-date plain-speak articles on the final BEPS Standards and Rules and the final BEPS Compliance Guidebook, including how this intersects with the Benchmarking requirements.
- A new suite of tools to help you understand DC’s BEPS, including a BEPS Compliance Pathway Wizard, BEPS Compliance Pathway Timelines, Energy Audit Scopes of Work, and our Find-A-Vendor Portal, which is now open to accept project opportunities.
- Download our tear sheet overviews of BEPS, how BEPS Meets Code, and Decarbonization.
- An overview of the Benchmarking regulations, including the latest updates.
- Guidance on common errors in benchmarking and how to understand your energy benchmarking data.
- A downloadable sample scope of work (SOW) and companion how-to-guide to help with Third Party Benchmarking Data Verification due to DOEE on April 1, 2024. While benchmarking is annual, third-party verification is due every 3 years.
- A webinar on Third-Party Verification, with guidance and best practices presented by a practitioner in the field.
DC Building Codes
- See the changes in the 2017 District of Columbia Energy Conservation Code updates.
- Get the basics on the new Building Envelope Commissioning requirements in DC.
- An overview of commissioning requirements and how to comply with District requirements.
- For electric building systems, learn how to submit a code modification using a Site Energy metric to demonstrate compliance with the 2017 DC Energy Conservation Code through the performance pathway.
- Solar Energy in DC explains the various District policies related to solar energy systems, the benefits of going solar, the impact of zoning regulations on solar installations, and how to maximize onsite generation
- Ask the Expert: Does Adding Solar to a Building Help Meet the BEPS? (Aykut Yilmaz, DOEE)
Where DC’s Building Code Meets BEPS
Learn how DC’s Building Energy Performance Standards for existing buildings overlaps with DC Energy Conservation Code for new buildings.