BOMA International is committed to working with public-private stakeholders to improve the resiliency of our nation’s buildings, facilities, and infrastructure to help safeguard our communities so they are better prepared for, can recover from and adapt to changes associated with man-made and natural disasters.
BOMA International fully supports efforts to create tax incentives for the installation of any new system or capital improvements that improve the resiliency of existing commercial buildings. BOMA opposes any attempt by federal, state or other local policy makers to create an arbitrary resiliency rating system or otherwise impose any non-consensus based resiliency standards which could negatively impact the commercial real estate industry. Market driven solutions must be technically feasible, cost-effective, and based on sound building science and reasonable risk assessments.
In recent years, due to the perceived increasing threat from both man-made and natural catastrophes, there has been increased discussions regarding the need to improve resiliency within our communities and commercial buildings amongst all levels of government. In response, BOMA International recognizes that there is a need for the commercial real estate industry to begin engaging public and private organizations, including life-line sectors owners and operators, in establishing a common definition of resiliency and develop strategies to ensure that our communities are prepared for these major climatic events. BOMA is committed to providing resources to support our members to ensure that local decision makers have the information needed to determine what changes should be made to their local building codes, planning and zoning ordinances to make for a more resilient community. BOMA also recognizes that local code officials must have the support and tools necessary to enhance their understanding of the national model codes, which will help mitigate the damage associated with these disaster through improved compliance.
Resiliency begins with ensuring that newly constructed buildings, alterations, additions and major renovations to existing buildings are constructed in accordance with applicable modern building codes, with the design focusing on the adaptability of the building over its life cycle to evolve with changes occurring in both the built and natural environment. Proper planning and design can significantly reduce the amount of damage sustained during a disaster, which in turn will lead to shorter recovery periods, increase business continuity and expedite the community’s return to normal.
BOMA International will continue to work with federal, state and local agencies to develop market driven solutions to protect building occupants and reduce the financial burden associated with disasters, provided those solutions recognize model codes as the baseline thresholds and any increased voluntary performance levels consider technical feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and are based on sound building science related to the probable risk.