Building Owners and Managers Association

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EPA Recognizes BOMA with 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year
Sustained Excellence Award
Monday, April 20, 2015
by: Robin Jochims

Section: Association Business

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International with a 2015 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. BOMA International has received a total of eight ENERGY STAR awards and remains the only commercial real estate association to have received this honor.

BOMA International has received a total of eight ENERGY STAR awards and remains the only commercial real estate association to have received this honor.

The 2015 Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. Winners are recognized for their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency achievements, including setting and achieving aggressive goals and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors. The accomplishments of BOMA International and its fellow winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2015.

BOMA International received its first ENERGY STAR award in 2007 and will be honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency, which is integrated into a number of its programs and initiatives:

Building re-tuning training pilot programs, developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation and BOMA local associations, which teach property professionals how to correct operational problems that lead to energy waste in properties through no- and low-cost solutions. The program is scheduled to be deployed to local associations across the U.S. later this year.
Annual conference offerings, including the High Performance Buildings education track and the Green Pavilion, which highlights solutions and products to help property professionals stay ahead of the energy management curve.
Various publications, including Commercial Lease: Guide to Sustainable and Energy Efficient Leasing for High-Performance Buildings, the industry’s first green lease guide now in its second edition, and Working Together for Sustainability: The RMI-BOMA Guide for Landlords and Tenants, a free eBook created in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Institute that provides a framework for tenants and owners to share the benefits of energy efficiency savings.
The BOMA 360 Performance Program® and The Outstanding Building of the Year® (TOBY) competition, both of which require applicants to complete benchmarking through the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. BOMA 360 rates buildings across several areas of operations and management, including categories in Energy and Environmental/Sustainability. The TOBY Awards are the commercial real estate industry’s highest honor recognizing quality in buildings and excellence in all facets of buildings management, including energy management and green policies and procedures.
Several public-private partnerships to increase energy efficiency for various building systems. In conjunction with the DOE and the Better Buildings Alliance, BOMA helped launch the Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign (ARC) and the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign. These programs help property professionals access technical support to implement energy efficiency retrofits.
The 7-Point Challenge, which called on BOMA members to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent across real estate portfolios as gauged against an average building measuring a 50 on the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool over a five-year period. Since the program’s successful conclusion in 2012, BOMA analysis has shown that participating buildings saw an average decrease of 26.7 kBtu/square foot in adjusted energy use and an average decrease of 113.35 kGal in total water use.
The launch of the BOMA STARS initiative in 2011 to promote the importance of benchmarking energy consumption in commercial buildings through EPA’s Portfolio Manager by sharing that data with BOMA’s Master Account. This effort highlighted the effectiveness of the voluntary marketplace in reducing energy consumption without costly new mandates. Since its launch, more than 3,000 buildings have benchmarked and shared their data with BOMA International.
Ongoing cumulative accomplishments in the areas of advocacy, education, research and other industry initiatives.
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