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Letters from the Frontline - BEPS Compliance in Action

April 5, 10:15 to 11:15 am

Silver Spring Civic Building, Spring Room, & Online

Approved for 1.0 general GBCI CE & 1.0 AIA LU



Scott Emery, SVP, Head of Washington DC Office, Baumann Consulting




This presentation will cover lessons learned from working with clients on more than 30 different properties in response to Washington, DC’s Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) policy. This includes a wide range of property types and a wide range of levels of energy performance. To put the lessons learned from DC into context with BEPS in Montgomery County, we will provide a high-level comparison of the two.
Topics covered will include ensuring that benchmarking data are correct, energy efficiency measures that are common to many buildings, what is the potential for energy reduction of different measures, common challenges for compliance, and summaries of how property owners are responding to the policy. Examples from projects will be used to illustrate the lessons learned and insights into what approaches are gaining early traction will be shared.


Finally, while the BEPS in DC and Montgomery County have the same goal – reduce GHG emissions, the means and methods vary slightly, and we will put the lessons learned into context of the proposed Montgomery County BEPS.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand what a Building Energy Performance Standard is.

  2. Understand the differences between BEPS in Montgomery County and DC.

  3. Identify and correct common issues with building energy benchmarking data.

  4. Learn what are some of the most common energy efficiency measures that DC buildings are pursuing to comply with BEPS.



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