Centering Equity in the Rules and Regulations of a Building Performance Standard

Building performance standards are relatively new in practice and there is no uniform standard for how they are designed or operated. This document is meant to guide policymakers, regulators, and others involved in program design, specifically as the rules and regulations for a BPS are crafted. The sections below identify the benefits of a BPS policy, the points of inequity, and specific sections of regulatory development where equity must take center stage. Because every jurisdiction has different needs and barriers, the recommendations in this document are not intended to be exhaustive and may not work for every location.

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