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BHI’s Sustainability Division provides innovative design-build services that produce whole-building energy savings and renewable energy opportunities in multifamily (apartments and condominiums) as well as other commercial buildings. 


BHI’s goal is to attain LEED/Energy Star certifications with the ultimate goal of achieving net-zero for its clients’ projects. 

Why is Sustainability Important?

In the United States, buildings utilize a considerable amount of energy and resources which account for

72% of electricity consumption

24% to 50% of energy use

40% of raw materials used

38% of carbon dioxide emissions

30% of waste output

14% of the potable water usage


Through proven, innovate approaches to analyzing buildings, developing strategies for the implementation of energy efficient measures, installation of highly efficient equipment and the incorporation of renewable energy systems and storage, building owners can achieve

  • Substantial reductions in utility costs

  • Substantial reductions in operation and maintenance costs

  • Substantial increase in indoor environmental quality and occupant satisfaction

  • Substantial reductions in greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide) emissions

Additionally, the District of Columbia have enacted Building Energy Performance Standards that will require buildings to perform at a certain energy efficiency in order to avoid being fined. [1]  Other jurisdictions are in the process of enacting similar requirements for building owners.


[1] Title III of the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 (CEDC Act) created the Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS or Standards) Program. The CEDC Act requires that Standards be established for various property types to set a minimum threshold of energy performance that will be no lower than the District median score by property type (or equivalent metric). The purpose of the BEPS Program is to drive energy performance in existing buildings to help meet the energy and climate goals of the Sustainable DC plan—to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy consumption by 50% by 2032.


How can BHI help?

We develop and implement cost-effective solutions that increase efficiency and reduces the cost of powering commercial buildings. 


This division offers a “one-stop” comprehensive approach to improve overall building performance that includes:

  • building analysis;

  • technical assistance;

  • design services;

  • recommendation of tailored equipment, system improvements, and other efficiency measures;

  • recommendation of renewable energy solutions and equipment;

  • performance of the contracting and implementation of measures; and 

  • providing advisory services to secure public/private project financing.

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