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INTERVENTION POINTS

BUILDING INTERVENTION POINTS

Building intervention points represent key points in the lifespan of a building where there is potential to align and integrate building energy upgrades with existing capital improvement and major renovation cycles. 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 .

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Building intervention points occur throughout the lifecycle of a building, including during:

  • BUILDING DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
  • BUILDING LEASE/RENTAL
  • BUILDING SALE
  • BUILDING RENOVATION
  • BUILDING MAINTENANCE & MAJOR SYSTEM REPLACEMENT
  • BUILDING RESILIENCE UPGRADE

BUILDING INTERVENTION POINTS

The following table provides a summary of conventional building intervention points and their application, which can serve as a starting point for evaluating building energy upgrade policy options. Additional intervention points should be identified with community partners and other building stakeholders that may complement existing community development and city planning efforts.

Building Point of Lease / Rental

City Context Where Intervention Point is Most Applicable: 

  • Large stock of apartments or leased properties
  • Large transient populations (e.g. students, seasonal workers)
  • High value / competitive rental market

Key Stakeholders: 

  • Renters / Tenants
  • Housing Commissions
  • Building Managers

Building Point of Sale

City Context Where Intervention Point is Most Applicable: 

  • Highly active or valuable real estate market
  • Frequent building turnover rates (3%+ annually)

Key Stakeholders: 

  • Building Owners
  • Real Estate Investors / Lenders
  • Realtors

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Building Renovation

City Context Where Intervention Point is Most Applicable: 

  • Large institutional or long-term building owners (e.g. universities, hospitals, government)
  • Historically significant building stock
  • Limited rates of new construction

Key Stakeholders: 

  • Building Owners
  • Building Tenants
  • Historical Commissions
  • Contractors & Trades
  • Utilities

Building Maintenance & Major System Replacement

City Context Where Intervention Point is Most Applicable: 

  • Aging building stock
  • Prevalence of legacy building systems (e.g. fuel oil heating, incandescent lighting)

Key Stakeholders: 

  • Building Owners
  • Landlords
  • Building Managers
  • Systems Installers & Contractors

Building Resilience Upgrade

City Context Where Intervention Point is Most Applicable: 

  • Geographic risk of fire, flood, or seismic events
  • Predominance of weather extremes (hot/cold)
  • Existing policies or programs for resilience / life safety retrofits for older structures

Key Stakeholders: 

  • Home Owners
  • Building Managers
  • Health & Safety Regulators
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