Implement a Better Buildings Challenge that expands the 2030 District goals beyond Downtown Dallas.
The Dallas 2030 District initiative is designed to achieve high-performance building construction and operation in the downtown area, with goals to reduce energy and water use as well as transportation emissions. The City will expand this ambitious concept beyond downtown Dallas through collaboration with large commercial building operators, such as manufacturers, universities, and hospitals. The City will encourage participants to improve their building energy efficiency by at least 40% by 2030, and share resources on incentives, financing options and technical service providers. The City will also share success stories and feature participant profiles on the City’s website.
As a step toward developing a commercial energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance (see Action B11), the City will work with participants in the Better Building Challenge to pilot test different aspects of such a program, including how the program would apply to various building sizes and different reporting methods (e.g., directly to the City, through online programs such as ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager). Participation in this pilot test would be voluntary and would help the City to refine its approach to energy benchmarking. During the pilot testing process, the City will convene meetings with stakeholder groups, including building owners/managers and real estate industry trade groups, to discuss the benefits of such a program and collect input on how to it can be successfully implemented citywide. This engagement process will help establish support for such a program in the future.