Energy Star 101: Navigating Building Energy Performance Standards

Marvin Gaye Recreation Center by ISTUDIO Architects - 2019 AIA|DC Chapter Design Award for Sustainable Design - Photography by Anice Hoachlander

In January 2019, the District passed the most ambitious clean energy legislation in the nation, which launched in March as the Clean Energy Act. The bill aims to transition DC to run on 100% renewable electricity and reduce carbon emissions by 2032. Buildings represent 74% of carbon emissions and the largest opportunity to help DC meet its clean energy and carbon reduction goals.

By 2021, all DC-owned buildings of 10,000+ square feet and private buildings of 50,000+ square feet will need to meet the new energy standard or face a penalty.

Join AIA|DC and GHT’s Operations and Energy Services team for an overview of the ENERGY STAR program and how it relates to the new Building Energy Performance Standards set forth by the District to achieve these ambitious sustainability goals. The session will include an introduction to the ENERGY STAR program, explaining topics like GSA lease requirements, benchmarking, and ENERGY STAR rated buildings. It will also incorporate recent program changes based on Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) data and how each market sector was impacted. Attendees will walk away with a basic understanding of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and Target Finder, how to register projects in the platform, potential pitfalls across building types, and strategies to increase ENERGY STAR scores.

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At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the essential information to know about the ENERGY STAR program and how it relates to the Building Energy Performance Standard; and explain recent program changes brought on by the most recent CBECS data Introduce Portfolio Manager and Target Finder;
  • Implement higher Energy Star standards for designing more sustainable, energy-efficient buildings;
  • Explain how the new Building Energy Performance Standards fits into DC’s Clean Energy Act for carbon-neutral buildings by 2032; and 
  • Learn strategies to bring sustainability and ENERGY STAR scores up in existing buildings.