Texas commercial buildings remain some of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state. Building performance standards (BPS) are a viable option that local governments can choose to implement as a near-term action to meet emissions reduction goals. BPS can drive energy efficiency, building electrification, and renewable energy investment by setting specific, long-term expectations for property managers regarding their building’s performance. Efficient buildings are not only more cost-effective, but also provide healthier and more comfortable spaces to live, play, and work—qualities that attract top talent and investment. By developing and implementing best-in-class programs designed to cut energy waste, boost the local economy, reduce harmful pollution, and create healthier buildings.
BPS are policies for existing buildings that oblige building owners to actively improve their buildings over time to meet performance targets. A policy can be designed to meet the needs of a community to improve building performance for emissions reduction, energy use, and water use by promoting data-driven decision making and creating strong investment market signals.
The Texas Building Performance Standards Tool is an online decision framework designed to help cities and counties assess the opportunity to implement BPS for commercial properties in their community.
The tool is designed for people working for or with local governments in Texas that are interested in learning more about how to develop and implement Building Performance Standards for existing commercial properties.