This guide is a plug-and-play methodology designed for cities to evaluate the process of building practices through the lens of code compliance. This peer-reviewed methodology focuses on qualitative evaluation by conducting interviews, evaluating processes, and collecting limited data on building systems to uncover potential areas of low compliance and provide actionable feedback. Using this assessment methodology allows a city to acquire the information needed to drive improvements in its code compliance and enforcement efforts.

This resource is part of the City Energy Project Resource Library. Launched in 2019, the library is the culmination of 6+ years of work on the ground in 20 U.S. cities to reduce energy use in large buildings. The City Energy Project is a joint project of IMT and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). For more information, visit

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