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Regional Forum - Performance Standards: A Tool to Decarbonize Existing Buildings

Thursday, September 15, 2022
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Hybrid (Online and In-Person)

Yerba Buena Room (Bay Area Metro Center)
375 Beale Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

BayREN Q3 2022 Regional Forum

At BayREN Codes & Standards' first hybrid attendance forum in San Francisco, attendees learned about the promise and challenges of Building Performance Standards (BPS). State and local governments have ambitious goals for reducing carbon emissions, and this emerging policy tool requires existing buildings to reduce energy use or greenhouse gas emissions. The concept is simple and powerful, but complex to design and implement. A handful of governments from Washington State to Washington, D.C. have adopted BPS, and in 2022 a national coalition of 36 local and state governments committed to developing performance standards in collaboration with stakeholders, particularly frontline communities, to address health, climate and energy needs. Speakers shared the state of BPS today, supporting resources, and the realities of translating policy into energy and greenhouse gas savings.

Welcome and Introductions

Barry Hooper, City and County of San Francisco BayREN Representative | Watch recorded presentation

From Benchmarking to Building Performance Standards:

Fundamentals of Building Performance Standards

Cliff Majersik, Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) | Watch recorded presentation

Local Government Examples - City of Orlando

Ashley Van Stone, City of Orlando | Watch recorded presentation

Local Government Examples - City of Brisbane

Adrienne Etherton, City of Brisbane | Watch recorded presentation

Q&A - Panel 1 | Watch recorded presentation

Federal Government Partnering with Local:

A Tale of Three Cities: Reducing Emissions with BPS

Travis Walter, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Watch recorded presentation

Benchmarking and BPS Policy Toolkit

Caterina Hatcher, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Watch recorded presentation

Policy Assessment Technical Analysis and Implementation Tools

Paul Mathew, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Watch recorded presentation

Q&A - Panel 2 and Closing Remarks | Watch recorded presentation

Other Resources: Panelists and Audience Q&A log (Excel file)

Building Department Staff
Building Professionals
Field inspectors
General Public
Local Government Officials and Staff
Permit technicians
Plan checkers