Raising the Bar for Building Performance: Setting and Achieving Climate Action Goals with BPS

28 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
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Raising the Bar for Building Performance: Setting and Achieving Climate Action Goals with BPS

Raising the Bar for Building Performance: Setting and Achieving Climate Action Goals with BPS

28 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
About the speakers
  • Katie Bergfeld
    Katie Bergfeld
    Chief, Building Performance and Enforcement Branch at Department of Energy and Environment
    Katie Bergfeld is the Branch Chief for Building Performance and Enforcement in the Energy Administration at the Department of Energy & Environment. She has been with the agency since January 2015. Katie currently oversees a team that enforces two major building performance policies: the District’s benchmarking and Building Energy Performance (BEPS) program. As the District was the first jurisdiction in the nation to enact a BEPS law, she and her team remain at the forefront of setting best practices for other jurisdictions that are working to implement similar policies. She has an M.A. in Natural Resources & Sustainable Development from American University and B.S. in Environmental Studies from Emory University. She is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C), and Project Management Professional (PMP).
  • Marshall	Duer-Balkind
    Marshall Duer-Balkind
    Director of Policy Programs at Institute for Market Transformation
    Marshall Duer-Balkind is the Director of Policy Programs at the Institue for Market Transformation, where he works to develop and implement policies for driving high-performance buildings, grounded in community priorities and technical quality. Marshall is an international expert in policies and technologies to improve the energy and carbon performance of buildings and communities, with over a dozen years of experience in the for-profit, government, and non-profit sectors. Prior to starting his current role with IMT in April 2023, he worked as a consultant at the deep green engineering firm Introba, where he managed cutting-edge decarbonization plans and policies for over 20 cities and 15 institutions across North America. He has also worked for the District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), where he built and ran one of the first benchmarking and disclosure programs in the U.S., supported the groundbreaking Clean Energy DC plan, and evaluation, measurement, & verification of the DC Sustainable Energy Utility’s energy savings and other performance targets. Marshall is a key contributor to the first building performance standard programs in both the U.S. and Canada, as Co-Chair of Washington, DC’s Building Energy Performance Standards Task Force, and a member of the City of Vancouver’s Carbon Pollution Limits Technical Advisory Committee. Marshall holds a Master’s of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of the Environment, and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Computer Science from Oberlin College. He is proudly born and raised in Washington, D.C.
  • Kristina Koh
    Kristina Koh
    Performance Data Analyst at U.S. Green Building Council
    Kristina Koh is a Performance Data Analyst at Arc Skoru, a subsidiary of GBCI that is part of the USGBC family of organizations. In her current role, she interprets existing data from the Arc Platform, identifying trends and patterns that are indicative of our rapidly changing environment. Kristina analyzes a diverse range of performance categories but focuses on electrification, emissions, and building performance standards. Before joining Arc, Kristina pursued her master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.

Key takeaways

- Specify the need and value for a BPS and its incentives and strategies for compliance

- Determine key considerations for designing BPS policies and how it directly addresses local and national climate action plans

- Identify not only required standards for private buildings, but also standards for portfolios, voluntary standards, and standards for recognition or financing

- Examine what jurisdictions are faced with in making a BPS actionable, and how such standards can promote equity