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Building Energy Performance Program

Advancing efficient energy and water use in large, non-residential buildings citywide.

About

The Building Energy Performance Program, created through Building Energy Performance Policy and sometimes referred to as “Building Tune-ups," aims to achieve efficient energy and water use in the largest non-residential buildings in Philadelphia.

Like cars, buildings need occasional tune-ups to keep them running smoothly and efficiently. A building tune-up requires a review of energy systems and controls and minor tweaks to bring them up to a good state of performance. On average, these tweaks result in 10–15% annual energy savings for a building. They also provide a more comfortable space for tenants.

We project that this policy will cut carbon pollution in Philadelphia by nearly 200,000 metric tons. This reduction is equivalent to taking 40,000 automobiles off our roads. 

Connect

Address
Office of Sustainability
1515 Arch St., 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email TuneUps@phila.gov
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Process and eligibility

Non-residential buildings with at least 50,000 square feet of indoor floor space must comply with the policy. See the timeline for specific compliance deadlines 

Buildings have three options for compliance. They can: 

  • Conduct a “tune-up” of existing building systems. 
  • Certify high performance. 
  • Receive an exemption. 

If conducting tune-ups, building owners must hire approved tune-up specialists to lead their building system assessments and sign off on tune-up reports. To be approved, tune-up specialists must:

  • Have a Professional Engineer (PE) or Certified Energy Manager (CEM) license.
  • Have seven years of related education and experience.
  • Submit an application to the Office of Sustainability.

You can find more related forms and documents on the program resources page. To get notifications when new resources are posted, send us an email at TuneUps@phila.gov.

Deadlines

2021

January 4, 2021

  • Alternative compliance plans for large portfolios are due.

April 5, 2021

  • Deadline for certifying high performance, requesting an alternative exemption, and making extension requests for buildings 200,000 sq. ft. and larger.

Due to COVID-19, buildings with a September 30, 2021, compliance deadline can apply for a six-month extension. To request an extension, please submit the Compliance Extension Request Form by April 5.

September 30, 2021

  • Tune-up report deadline for buildings 200,000 sq. ft. and larger.
  • Tune-up specialists submitting 2021 reports must be certified by this date.
2022

January 3, 2022

  • Updated alternative compliance plans for large portfolios are due.

April 4, 2022

  • Deadline for certifying high performance, requesting an alternative exemption, and making extension requests for 100,000–200,000 sq. ft. buildings.
See full timeline

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