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The Clean Energy Act and what it means for DC building owners

The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act demonstrates commitment to address the effects of climate change

 After going into effect in March of 2019, the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act demonstrates the District’s commitment to address the effects of climate change by setting ambitious mandates to reduce D.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2032 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The act establishes a new Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) program to set compliance at or above the District’s median ENERGY STAR score. Owners of buildings 50,000 square feet and greater will be required to submit scores for the first cycle beginning in January 2021. Over a five-year rollout, smaller buildings will also need to meet compliance standards: buildings of at least 25,000 square feet by 2023 and buildings of 10,000 square feet by 2026.

What does this mean for you?

Since compliance in 2021 will be determined by 2019 performance, building owners need to stay on top of energy performance, know their ENERGY STAR score and address the situation now. Noncompliant buildings will have five years to prove compliance through a performance or prescriptive pathway. Compliance cycles will reset every five years, so owners must now constantly monitor and improve performance.

How can JLL help?

JLL’s sustainability specialists will guide you through the complexities of the act to determine the best course of action based on your building’s performance. JLL’s sustainability and project management experts will customize a solution based on your building’s performance and oversee the implementation of such projects from start to finish.

Our Project Management Expertise:

  • ASHARE Audit Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • HVAC central plant study
  • Existing equipment condition surveys
  • Retro commissioning
  • Central plant replacements
  • Major HVAC equipment replacements
  • Pneumatic to direct digital controls upgrades
  • Building envelope repair
  • Lighting fixture & controls upgrades

What are your next steps?

Working with the JLL team means you get a trusted advisor and single source of responsibility and accountability. We can help you understand what you need to do now to meet strict compliance standards tomorrow. Contact us to start the conversation.

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