The Energy Office ensures that City buildings are on track to meet climate and energy standards and goals.
Building Energy Performance Program (BEPP)
What is it?
More than 70% of greenhouse gas emissions in Philadelphia come from buildings. The Building Energy Performance Program (BEPP) aims to reduce emissions by requiring owners of large, nonresidential buildings to regularly review their properties for opportunities to improve energy and water use efficiency, then make repairs and adjustments.
To comply, building owners can:
- Performe a tune-up.
- Prove high performance.
- Receive an exemption.
The average building tune-up reduces annual energy use by an estimated 10–15%. This adds up to a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions across the city.
The Energy Office assists more than 35 municipal buildings with compliance to the BEPP.
The Building Energy Performance Program began in 2021 and is projected to reduce carbon emissions in Philadelphia by 200,000 metric tons.
Energy efficiency and environmental design standards
What is it?
Beginning on July 1, 2023, all newly built or renovated municipal buildings must earn a LEED Gold certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U. S. Green Building Council, is a widely recognized, high-performance building certification program.
By setting high standards for municipal buildings, we can lower energy use and carbon emissions from our built environment, and meet our sustainability goals outlined in the Municipal Energy Master Plan.
In 2021, City Council passed the updated Energy Efficiency and Environmental Design ordinance.
As of 2021, six municipal buildings have achieved a LEED Silver or Gold certification.
Facility benchmarking and commitments
What is it?
We use national standards to assess the building energy consumption of City-owned buildings. Specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager measures the energy performance of City facilities against other similar buildings nationwide. If eligible for an ENERGY STAR score, buildings will earn points of 1–100. This allows the City to see which of its buildings need the most improvement.
To support the goals outlined in the Energy Master Plan, we have committed to benchmark and reduce energy use in City-owned and operated facilities through two additional programs:
- The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge: 20% reduction in energy use intensity (energy use per square foot) by 2023.
- The Philadelphia 2030 District: 50% reduction in energy and water usage and transportation emissions by the year 2030.
We currently benchmark over 50 buildings for the City and report it through phillybuildingbenchmarking.com.