Building Performance Standards: Overview for State and Local Decision Makers


Written by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


EPA’s Benchmarking and Building Performance Standards Policy Toolkit aims to inform and support state and local government decision makers who are exploring policies to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing commercial and multifamily buildings in their communities. This section of the toolkit focuses on building performance standards (BPS). It provides an overview of BPS requirements and offers information on key decision points. The toolkit includes four sections— each intended to build on the previous section—that focus on different aspects of policy development, including benchmarking and transparency (Section 1), BPS (Section 2), state and local government coordination (Section 3), and data access (Section 4). Each section lists additional resources on the topic.