By integrating efforts to impact energy use, GHG emissions, equity, and resilience at these key intervention points, the cost, disruption, and other burdens incurred by building owners and users can be significantly reduced while critical performance improvements are achieved.
Establishing policies at these points is a key strategy for accelerating building energy upgrades, both in frequency and impact. Selecting the most appropriate intervention points will depend on the physical, economic, and cultural characteristics of each jurisdiction’s local building sector. Policymakers should employ a combination of quantitative analysis and qualitative assessment with community stakeholders to determine the greatest opportunities to positively impact climate, equity and resilience goals in the building stock.
Building intervention points occur throughout the lifecycle of a building, including during:
- Major renovations
- Building systems, materials and equipment replacements
- Capital improvement cycles
- Zoning or use changes
- Life-safety and resiliency upgrades (e.g. seismic, flooding, fire prevention, power disruption)