As of December 2018, 26 cities, 3 states and 1 county have enacted building performance policies that affect existing public and privately owned properties. This decision framework is designed to help city staff understand and work with stakeholders to craft a policy that will drive demand for energy-efficient buildings, and help the city quickly and effectively achieve its climate goals in a way that is responsive to local conditions and priorities.

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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