What is BEPP?

The Building Energy Performance Program (BEPP) requires all non-residential buildings in Philadelphia of 50,000 square feet or more to either undergo a “tune-up” to increase efficiency in existing building systems, certify high performance, or request an exemption. These supplementary resources assist building owners and managers in understanding the requirements and complying with them.


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Which buildings does it apply to?

Any non-residential building with at least fifty thousand square feet (50,000 sq. ft.) of indoor floor space including but not limited to:
(1) Mixed-use buildings in any mixed-use zoning classification with nonresidential use greater than fifty thousand (50,000) square feet;
(2) Industrial and manufacturing facilities;
(3) Temporary lodgings, including but not limited to hotels, motels and short-term rental facilitis or any other use in which the residents are largely temporary and do not utilize the premises as their permanent residence.

What are the penalties?

Buildings that fail to meet the compliance standards before the deadline will be fined $2,000. Additional penalties will be applied if disobedience continues for more than 30 days after the deadline. These are $500 daily fines that will be imposed until compliance is achieved.


What are the options for compliance?

There are three compliance options available for buildings. They include conducting a “tune-up” of the existing building systems, obtaining certification for high performance, or receiving an exemption.

What qualifications are necessary for tune-up specialists to obtain approval?

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • Possess a Professional Engineer (PE) or Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification
  • Possess at least seven years of relevant education and experience

Submit an application to the Office of Sustainability for consideration.

What is the reason for the City's mandate on Building Tune-ups?

The built environment in Philadelphia is responsible for over 15% of the city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In order to achieve Mayor Kenney’s target of carbon neutrality by 2050, it is crucial to reduce emissions from all sources. Building Tune-ups will help to achieve this goal by taking action on the energy performance data collected through the Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking Program, thus further increasing energy savings.

Is it possible to comply with the regulations prior to the compliance deadline for my building?

Certainly, however, any building tune-up reports that are submitted must include details of inspections and corrective measures that were carried out no more than two years before the scheduled tune-up date.

At what point in time am I required to hand in the BEPP Large Portfolio Compliance Plan?

Alternative methods of compliance will only be considered within 270 days of a building’s compliance deadline. The Office of Sustainability will review and respond to the compliance plan within 30 days. If further information is requested, it must be provided within 30 days of the Director’s response. Compliance plans may be changed in later years.

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