In 2019, the City of Philadelphia adopted the Building Energy Performance Policy into law, requiring all non-residential buildings with indoor floor space of at least 50,000 square feet to either achieve a high-performance building standard or to assess building energy and water performance and implement corrective actions to address any identified performance issues. The City’s Office of Sustainability (OOS) operates and manages the Building Energy Performance Program (BEPP), created through the policy to support, and ensure compliance.

The first compliance period for this regulation begins in 2022 and applies to all commercial buildings with indoor floor space of 100,000 square feet or greater.

OOS and our implementing partner, Green Building United (GBU) are committed to supporting building owners and managers in meeting their compliance requirements.

Through the rest of 2021, OOS and GBU will be hosting multiple virtual education sessions to provide building owners with information, tools, and resources to meet their compliance requirements. All sessions will be interactive with plenty of opportunities for Q&A and discussion.

Join us for these online events and learn everything you need to know to comply with the Building Energy Performance Policy. Click the links below to register:

SESSION 1: Building Tune-Ups 101
Oct 13, 12-1pm EST
Register via Zoom
Join us in this session for an overview of the Building Energy Performance Policy where we’ll cover who the policy applies to, compliance deadlines, how to comply, and more. This session is primarily for building owners / managers who are responsible for compliance with the regulation. Other stakeholders, such as tune-up specialists are also welcome to attend.

SESSION 2: Determining your Compliance Pathway
Oct 20, 3-4pm EST
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This session will offer a deeper dive into the different compliance pathways that are available to building owners / managers. You will learn about requirements for high performance pathways, how to demonstrate that you are qualified for each pathway, as well as tune-up exemption criteria.

Qualified Tune-Up Specialists, as well as the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) will join this session and provide information on low-cost financing for high performance such as C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) and how existing programs can support building owners / managers in improving building performance.

SESSION 3: Retrocommissioning: The Lever to Building Tune-Up Success
Nov 3, 12-1pm EST
Register via Green Building United
This session is hosted by Green Building United. In this session, building owners will learn from a panel of building science and PECO engineering experts how retrocommissioning can help to provide both the energy and non-energy benefits they need to achieve the goals of the Building Energy Performance Policy.

SESSION 4: Tune-Up Specialist Training – deep dive into the tune-up workbook
Nov 17, 9-10am EST
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This session is for qualified tune-up specialists or for anyone who wishes to apply to be a tune-up specialist. The session will offer a deep-dive into the Tune-Up Workbook, how it’s structured, what it covers, and how to use it. Existing qualified Tune-Up Specialists will join us for this session to share best practices and lessons learned.

SESSION 5: Planning for Compliance – from compliance to corrective action, finding local business service providers (Audience – building owners)
Dec 1, 12-1pm EST
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This session will focus on preparing and planning to meet the compliance deadlines. It will provide information on how to find tune-up specialists and corrective action service providers and how to plan for the initial Tune-Up assessment, corrective actions, and the final reassessment.

SESSION 6: Ask Us Anything – questions / support – open session
Dec 15, 3-4pm EST

Register via Zoom
This is an open session for questions / answers and discussion on how to prepare for compliance with the Building Energy Performance Policy. This session is intended for building owners / managers, tune-up specialists, and service providers.

Questions? Please contact:
Nidhi Krishen
Senior Manager for Climate Mitigation
Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia


Link directs to the Building Energy Performance Program page