Set Goals

RE+ City Cohort Action Guide

Efficiency Standards for Rentals

Prepare Step 1: Set Goals

In this step, you will fill out Section 1 of your policy blueprint and define key energy or carbon savings, job creation, or other goals.

Prior to setting a goal, determine the fit of this policy for your city by identifying whether:​

  1. Rentals make up at least 30 percent of your city’s residential properties, and
  2. You have a long-term rental licensing program already in place. If this is not the case, consider alternatives such as integrating efficiency standards into short-term rental licensing, starting a new rental licensing program in the city, and considering other triggers, such as upgrades at time of sale, to improve efficiency of existing residential properties.

In this phase, you can see whether your city has rental licensing using the map below. You can gain an overview of the process of developing a rental standards policy by reading the slide deck and Boulder case study. Finally using these strategies, you can start filling out the blueprint you downloaded.

Map of Cities with Rental Licensing

This map provides an overview of cities that have rental licensing standards already in place. Please let us know if you would like to add any updates from your city to this map.

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Set a Goal Slidedeck

This slide deck provides an overview of how to use the policy blueprint and an overview of the process of designing the policy. The end of the deck highlights how to set a goal. These slides were developed for a workshop on this topic for a cohort of 25 cities in 2018.

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Boulder Case Study

This document provides an overview of how Boulder implemented efficiency standards for rentals.

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