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Building Owners and Managers Association International

Voluntary Model Building Energy Performance Program

BOMA Position

BOMA International supports the creation of a national model building energy performance labeling program, based on EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager benchmarking platform, which promotes knowledge of building energy performance without hindering real estate transactions. As part of any such program, utilities should be required to provide whole building benchmarking data to building owners and managers, and disclosure should be limited to parties directly involved in the transaction.

BOMA also supports increased funding for the Energy Information Administration to enhance their research and depth of data in the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) and for EPA Energy Star. With increased federal funding, EPA Energy Star may be able to provide more robust data to expand its 1 to 100 rating system to all commercial property types.

Background

More and more states and jurisdictions are looking to establish building labeling programs that would require buildings to make available a statement of energy performance for all transactions, including sale, lease, and financing. California, Washington, DC and New York, among others, are leading the way in requiring more transparent energy efficiency data to be made public.

Policymakers are hoping that this type of program would make energy efficiency more of a driver in all types of transactions by giving the public (i.e., tenants and perspective tenants and purchasers) design and/or performance data, and thus incentivize existing buildings to improve their energy performance.

Both the U.S. House and Senate are considering legislation that would establish an EPA program to develop procedures to label buildings for their energy performance characteristics, using building type and consumption data to be developed by the Energy Information Administration. This program would serve as a model, and states would be encouraged (through funding) to adopt the model.

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