Building Energy Improvement Board

The Building Energy Improvement Board is a mayoral-appointed board that provides technical expertise to help buildings comply with the Building Energy Performance Standards ordinance.

Overview

The Building Energy Improvement Board provides technical expertise to help buildings 50,000 square feet and above comply with the Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) established by Ordinance No. 71132. The goal of the ordinance is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, drive energy efficiency improvements in buildings, and boost economic growth and job creation within the City of St Louis.

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Meeting Materials

September 16th, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Agenda for Building Energy Improvement Board meeting held on September 16th, 2021

August 19th, 2021 BEIB Agenda
agenda document

July 22nd, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Agenda for Building Energy Improvement Board meeting held on July 22nd, 2021

July 1st, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Agenda for Building Energy Improvement Board meeting held on July 1st, 2021

June 3rd, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Agenda for Building Energy Improvement Board meeting held on June 3rd, 2021.

April 29th, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Agenda for Building Energy Improvement Board meeting held on April 29th, 2021.

April 22nd, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Agenda for Building Energy Improvement Board meeting held on April 22nd, 2021.

April 15th, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Agenda for Building Energy Improvement Board meeting held on April 15th, 2021.

March 11th, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Agenda for Building Energy Improvement Board meeting held on March 11th, 2021.

February 25th, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Agenda for BEIB meeting on feb. 25th, 2021.

February 18th, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Agenda document for February 18th, 2021 Building Energy Improvement Board meeting.

February 11th, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Agenda document for February 11th, 2021 Building Energy Improvement Board meeting

February 4th, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Agenda document for Feb. 4th meeting with the Building Energy Improvement Board

January 29th, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Jan. 29th, 2021 agenda for Building Energy Improvement Board meeting

January 21st, 2021 BEIB Agenda
Meeting materials for the BEIB board meeting on January 21st, 2021

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BEPS Targets

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed and Lyda Krewson signed into law, St. Louis’s Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) in May 2020.

After reviewing the comments from the Building Division’s 30+ day comment period, and taking them into consideration, the Building Energy Improvement Board (BEIB) has approved final BEPS targets.

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Functions

It shall be the purpose of the Building Energy Improvement Board to conduct the following duties and functions:

  • Establish and approve building energy performance standards by property type for each compliance cycle, as recommended by the Building Division.
  • Review and, as necessary, recommend amendments to proposed regulations issued by the Building Division.
  • Recommend complementary programs or policies.
  • Review appeals regarding any action(s) taken due to this ordinance and the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance (#70474).
  • Provide sample alternative compliance plans to meet building energy performance standards.
  • Review recommendations from technical subcommittee on alternative compliance plans submitted and make recommendations for approval or denial.
  • As requested by the Building Division, review and advise on whether to approve applications for extensions and exemptions related to building energy performance standard requirements. Such review shall be based on criteria outlined in sub-section C of Section SIX of the Ordinance.
  • Establish a technical subcommittee.

Board Makeup

The Board shall consist of nine members appointed by the Mayor. At least six members of the Board shall be residents of the City of Saint Louis and three members shall be residents of the St. Louis region.

The Building Energy Improvement Board shall be comprised of representatives, or 8 their designees, from the following, but not limited to, possible entities:

  • Building Division
  • local utilities
  • a provider of energy efficiency or renewable energy services
  • affordable and/or multi-family housing representative
  • affordable housing tenant
  • labor
  • technical building design professional(s)
  • environmental non-profit
  • commercial building
  • engineering

Board Members

  • Jesse M. Arevalo, BJC Healthcare - VP, Facilities & Support Services
  • Christopher Bedell, Polsinelli - Associate
  • Dontae (Donny) Wheeler, Facilities Professional
  • Mary Ann Lazarus, Cameron Macallister Group - Principal Consultant
  • Craig P. Aubuchon, Ameren Missouri - Energy Analytics Manager
  • Teresa Lutz, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation - Assistant VP, Affordable Housing
  • Michelle Simmons, City of St. Louis, Building Division - Social Worker
  • Dr. Linda Little, IBEW Local 1 JATC - Assistant Director
  • Cheryl Lovell, St. Louis Housing Authority - Former Executive Director

Alternates

  • Dan Rayhawk, Centene Corporation
  • Nancy Rodney, Roseman Associates
  • Aaron Michaels, Energy Resources Group
  • Katie Palazzola, TRC

 

Term of Office

All appointments and subsequent appointments shall be for a term of 4 years and shall expire on the anniversary of the date of the original term, except appointments to fill vacancies which shall be for the unexpired term. Terms for first appointments will be staggered. Members whose appointed terms have expired shall be permitted to continue to serve until reappointed or replaced by a new appointee.

Technical Subcommittee

A technical sub-committee shall also be established and charged with reviewing and acting on alternative compliance plans and would consist of at least 80% of technical experts. Members of the technical subcommittee may also be members of the full Building Energy Improvement Board. The decision(s) of the subcommittee can be appealed to the full Building Energy Improvement Board.

Related Resources

St. Louis City Benchmarking Reporting Website
Privately owned buildings and municipal buildings in St. Louis that are 50,000 square feet or more are required to be benchmarked, and submit reporting for the first compliance deadline by May 1, annually

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