Buildings contribute to more than 70 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the District of Columbia. To reduce emissions and succeed in meeting its climate goals, the District needs private building owners to improve their building energy use and reduce associated emissions. Recently, the Institute for Market Transformation’s Building Innovation Hub released its 2021 Market Leaderboards, showing which of the District’s buildings are leading the way by earning top ENERGY STAR scores for building performance.
“The District of Columbia has long been a national leader in setting ambitious climate commitments and connecting the dots to how buildings play a critical role in creating a stronger, healthier, and more resilient DC,” says Lindsey Falasca, director of the Building Innovation Hub. The Hub launched in 2020 with support from the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) to support local building industry professionals navigate new building regulations while also propelling the District to meet its 2050 goals of being carbon neutral and climate resilient. “We’re excited to celebrate the market leaders from the private industry who are leading the charge to improve building performance and creating a path for others to follow.”
About the 2021 Market Leaderboards
Using publicly available data submitted to DOEE as part of annual benchmarking requirements, the ENERGY STAR Certified Building Database, and information from private industry, the Hub’s team has identified which buildings and which companies lead in performance based on their ENERGY STAR score.
With support from Yardi Matrix, the Hub took this data and connected it with property ownership and management of these buildings to identify the top 10 performers in each of the following categories:
- Top Office Buildings, Overall
- Top Office Buildings, Class B & C Office
- Top Office Buildings, Built Prior to 1970
- Top Office Buildings, Larger than 400,000 Square Feet
- Top Multifamily Residential Buildings
The full leaderboards are now available at www.buildinginnovationhub.org/local-leaders/market-leaderboards. To view an interactive map of all buildings in the District’s benchmarking program, visit EnergyBenchmarkingDC.org. An array of additional benchmarking resources for property owners and operators is available on the Hub website at www.buildinginnovationhub.org. The Hub also collaborates with DOEE and other industry partners on educational workshops about how to improve local buildings, such as a recent Benchmarking 101 webinar.
About the Building Innovation Hub
The Building Innovation Hub (Hub) helps building industry professionals in and around Washington, D.C. create and operate high-performing buildings. It is a project of the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that specializes in driving demand for high-performing buildings.
The Hub connects professionals and provides information and education. The goal of the Hub is to meet the current needs of the building industry while simultaneously pushing it towards the innovative solutions that we will need to build and operate high-performing buildings. Through this work, we help ensure the District remains a highly competitive market and a leader in sustainable and equitable building practices.