Image of DC Energy Masterplan dashboard with various maps and graphs


In order to address climate change and decarbonization, policymakers are enacting building performance laws that require buildings to meet certain performance standards. This presentation will provide an overview of the Energy Management Plan (EMP) developed for DC's Department of General Services (DGS) to identify a multidecade roadmap for energy management, including targeted conservation scope types for approximately 300 buildings and transformative policies and programs that support an energy management culture.

The EMP was developed through broad stakeholder engagement, with over 200 meetings across all functional groups within DGS and with sister agencies such as the DC Public School (DCPS) system and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). The outcome of this data-driven plan is a clear roadmap for investment, with a focus on early retro-commissioning and auditing work, followed by more intense investments in ultra-low energy buildings. The presentation will also outline how through our discovery process, we recognized the critical importance of additional investments in facility management to drive sustainable performance. The plan includes investment in skills training, data-driven operational tuning, and deployment of maintenance teams. The targeted annual greenhouse gas emission reduction is 45,000 metric tons, with a goal of meeting the DC Department of Energy and Environment’s (DOEE) BEPS requirements in nearly half the time.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview on how a large public agency developed an energy management plan
  • Explain tools, datasets, and engagement techniques that support development of an energy management plan
  • Identify methods to engage with planning through the lenses of energy, policy development and financial goal setting
  • Integrate considerations for net zero energy, electrification, and equity within the planning process

Presented by:

Roger Chang, PE, LEED Fellow

Principal, Buro Happold

Roger has over two decades of engineering experience and currently leads Buro Happold’s Washington, DC engineering practice. He has significant experience with complex cultural, education, civic, and government projects, including two AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top 10 winners. He has a special interest in the intersection of façade engineering, building systems and the user experience. He is a strong proponent of adaptive reuse projects and has worked on a significant number of buildings on National Register of Historic Places. He was recognized in 2020 as an ASHRAE Fellow.


Coral Pais, PE, BEMP, LEED AP

Senior High Performance Designer, DLR Group

Coral has been with DLR Group for eight years and has worked on a range of project types including Higher Education, Cultural, Federal, and Healthcare. As a building systems engineer with a research background focused on optimizing thermal comfort for building occupants, she applies evidence-based data to elevate the design experience for users. Her areas of expertise include energy modeling, high performance design, and various sustainability certification programs including LEED, WELL, LBC, and Green Globes. She is the current President of the ASHRAE Cleveland Chapter.