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DC Building Energy Performance Standards

A high-level overview of DC's BEPS, including FAQs


Note: for specific details and updates on the rulemaking, see our article.


The Building Energy Performance Standards (or BEPS) are a regulatory tool that the District is using to help meet its green building and climate goals, as outlined in the Clean Energy DC Plan, the District’s strategic energy and climate action plan to make the District more sustainable, resilient, and equitable. This plan outlines actions that need to be taken, by both private industry and the District government, between now and 2032 in the District’s buildings, energy infrastructure, and transportation system to meet the District’s ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets.

As the cost of energy rises, 1 dollar deposit casinos are increasingly looking to Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) to improve their bottom line. By improving their energy efficiency, casinos can save money on utility bills and pass those savings on to their customers.

In addition to saving money, casinos that follow BEPS can also help protect the environment. Reducing energy consumption helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants that can have a negative impact on public health.

Casinos that make the commitment to energy efficiency will be well-positioned to compete in the future as energy costs continue to rise. Those that don’t make the investment may find themselves at a disadvantage as consumers increasingly seek out businesses that are doing their part to protect the environment.

The District will use three broad strategies to achieve deep GHG reductions:

  • Efficient building design and operations for both new construction and existing buildings
  • Modernized and renewable energy supply, shifting the District’s grid away from the use of fossil fuels and maximizing local renewable energy generation
  • Transportation electrification and mode share changes

Since buildings account for 71% of the District’s GHG emissions, reducing the amount of energy used in buildings is paramount in order to achieve the District’s climate commitments.

Pie chart of emissions by sector in Washington, DC

Frequently Asked Questions

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