WASHINGTON, D.C. — (RealEstateRama) — The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has been recognized with the 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to energy efficiency. BOMA International now has received a total of 12 ENERGY STAR awards, making it the most decorated commercial real estate association.
The highest honor among ENERGY STAR Awards is the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents the Sustained Excellence Award to partners that have already received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition. Winners hail from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 organizations – representing 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 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2019.
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, including:
- The Water and Waste Challenge (W2 Challenge), an initiative to promote market transformation by encouraging the widespread use of waste and water benchmarking. The two-year program incentivizes property professionals to benchmark waste and water using ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Management tool and improve performance. The W2 Challenge is currently in its second year, and nearly 2,000 buildings in the U.S. are participating with nearly half a billion square feet of space shared with the challenge in Portfolio Manager. Water and waste benchmarking are also being incorporated into other BOMA programs, such as the BOMA 360 Performance Program.
- The development of the Green Lease Guide: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants to Collaborate on Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Practices, the third update to the commercial real estate industry’s best practice guide to “greening” a commercial lease. BOMA International also hosts the Green Lease Leaders awards at the BOMA International Conference & Expo. These awards recognize companies and real estate practitioners who are actively and effectively using green leases to create high-performance buildings.
- Annual conference offerings, including the “High Performance Buildings” education track and the Green Pavilion, which highlights solutions and products to support energy-efficient, sustainable properties.
- A variety of energy management trainings and resources, including BOMA’s Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP®) v2.0, BEEP for Industrial and BEEP Plus; the BOMA Energy Performance Contracting (BEPC) model; and Building Re-Tuning Training.
- 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 evaluates buildings across several areas of operations and management, including categories covering energy management and sustainability. The TOBY Awards are the commercial real estate industry’s highest honor recognizing quality in buildings and excellence in all facets of building management, including energy management and green policies and procedures.
- Ongoing cumulative accomplishments in the areas of advocacy, education, research and other industry initiatives, many of which have been supported by grant funding for energy efficiency initiatives from BOMA International Cornerstone Partner Yardi.
“BOMA International is honored to receive its twelfth ENERGY STAR award,” said BOMA International Chair Brian D. Cappelli, BOMA Fellow, RPA, vice president of Asset Management for GBX Group LLC. “As our long track record attests, we are deeply committed to providing building owners and managers with the tools, education and resources they need to operate high-performing buildings. We also would like to extend our congratulations to our many member companies who have been honored with 2019 ENERGY STAR awards for their sustainability efforts.”
“I applaud the 2019 ENERGY STAR Award Winners,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum. “Their innovation and leadership enhance America’s economic competitiveness. Reducing costly energy waste improves air quality and public health while protecting the environment.”
For a complete list of 2019 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.
About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 88 BOMA U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge. Learn more at www.boma.org.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid $30 billion in energy costs. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at: energystar.gov/about and energystar.gov/numbers.