Existing building performance standards (BPS) are a key policy tool used to improve environmental performance of buildings, with targets that become stricter over time. They are taking root in cities across North America to address climate change and economic, health, and housing priorities. This policy primer explores the landscape of BPS and considerations for GTHA policymakers.
Key components of BPS include:
- Building type(s) subject to compliance
- Performance targets
- Compliance timelines
- Compliance management
For more detail on municipal legal authority of BPS, please see companion report, Recommendations for Municipalities: Mandatory Building Performance Standards by the Canadian Environmental Law Association.