Understanding Boston's Proposed Performance Standard

Boston’s proposed building emissions performance standard would set carbon emissions targets for existing large buildings that decrease over time. The targets align with the City’s 2030 goal of a 50% reduction in emissions from 2005 and its 2050 goal of net zero emissions. Participants will learn about the policy's foundation in equity and transparency; how the City has worked closely with the community, stakeholders, and experts throughout an iterative design process; lessons learned from other cities with similar policies; and what the performance standard would mean for building owners, contractors, and green jobs. Alison Brizius, Boston’s Director of Climate and Environmental Planning, will also share case studies for how different types of buildings could achieve the targets. The second half of the session will be devoted to breakout discussion groups focused on areas of the policy that still have open questions or merit ongoing discussion around implementation.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

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BPI 1.5 hours
Conference-day attendance credits available from PHIUS, RESNET, and Mass. CSL

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  • Examine the policy design and development process of Boston’s proposed building performance standard
  • Compare the requirements for different types of buildings under Boston’s proposed building performance standard
  • Determine the multiple ways to reach compliance under Boston’s proposed building performance standard
  • Factor the cost of non-action into capital planning under Boston’s proposed building performance standard

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