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The Architect’s Guide to the Clean Energy Act

Buildings represent 74% of carbon emissions and the largest opportunity to help DC meet its clean energy and carbon reduction goals. But with around 2% of building inventory turning over each year, new building requirements will only start to scratch the surface. DC’s new legislation addresses the other 98% of building stock by implementing a Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) that will affect all buildings 10,000 squarefeet or larger in DC.

This session will be an introduction to the legislation and help architects understand how to communicate to clients about the implications of the new policy and how to plan for it.

Presented by: Kate Johnson - District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment & Anica Landreneau, Associate AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, WELL AP, BREEAM - Senior Principal |  Director of Sustainable Design, HOK

Presented Bios:

Kate Johnson is the Chief of the Green Building and Climate Branch in the Urban Sustainability Administration at the District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment, where she manages a team working to address climate change and advance green building through planning and policy development. Her team leads implementation of Climate Ready DC, the District’s award-winning plan to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and is leading the development of the District’s strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. 

Anica Landreneau leads HOK’s global sustainable design practice, serving on the firm’s board of directors and design board. Anica has served two terms on the District of Columbia Green and Energy Codes TAG and Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Council. Anica serves on the national USGBC LEED Advisory Committee, AIA Codes and Standards Committee and Blue Ribbon Panel on Codes, as well as the IECC 2021 Development Committee, and the Consultative Council for the National Institute for Building Sciences.

Organized by: AIA|DC


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain what the ‘Building Energy Performance Standard’ is and when it goes into effect;
  • Discuss what the Architect’s role is in evaluating building or portfolio compliance, planning for building improvements or managing compliance pathways;
  • Explore what alternative finance mechanisms are available in DC to support building improvement projects; and
  • Discuss how individual building types and BEPS scores and the prescriptive compliance path can be defined, what kinds of architectural measures could be included in the prescriptive compliance path, and how architects can get engaged in the process.