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Building Owners and Managers Association International

BOMA International Extends Green Challenge to Industry Suppliers

March 18, 2010

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(WASHINGTON—March 18, 2010) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has announced an addendum to its 7–Point Challenge Market Transformation Plan that calls on BOMA’s associate members—providers of products and services to the commercial real estate industry—to institute sustainable practices in their business operations.

BOMA´s 7–Point Challenge, launched in July 2007, challenges BOMA members to reduce the use of natural resources, non-renewable energy sources and waste production throughout the commercial building marketplace. Since its launch, BOMA´s 7–Point Challenge has been widely embraced throughout the marketplace, with more than 120 member companies and local associations representing more than three billion square feet of office space endorsing the Challenge.

The new addition to the Challenge calls on BOMA associate members to implement energy efficient and sustainable policies within their corporate facilities and to work with their customers – commercial real estate owners and managers – to provide expertise and knowledge of the products, equipment, services or programs they offer to help customers evaluate green strategies to facilitate market transformation.

Specifically, BOMA calls on its associate members to:

  1. Continuously develop, enhance and market new product and service offerings to the BOMA community, giving members innovative and cost–effective solutions to deploy in the reduction of energy use in existing buildings;
  2. Demonstrate leadership by working towards a goal to decrease energy consumption by 30 percent by 2012 and implement sustainable strategies in your corporate facilities;
  3. Actively participate in public-private partnerships (such as the DOE’s Energy Alliances) to identify voluntary energy efficiency strategies with proven results and application to existing buildings;
  4. Share research and/or case studies on building operating and management practices, equipment replacement, or building retrofit projects, etc., that achieve the goal of reducing energy consumption and result in a positive ROI;
  5. Work with policymakers to enact voluntary, incentive-based programs to accomplish their goals of implementing green strategies;
  6. Work cooperatively within the consensus model building codes process to develop responsible energy codes and green buildings standards that reduce energy consumption utilizing cost-effective and proven technologies; and
  7. Provide opportunities and support for company employees to participate in education programs about energy conservation and sustainable practices.

"Suppliers of commercial building products and services play an integral role in optimizing energy efficiency and sustainability in our industry," commented BOMA International Chair James A. Peck, RPA, FMA, senior director of asset services, CB Richard Ellis. "By signing on to the Challenge, BOMA associate members demonstrate to their customers, peers and the industry at large that they are committed to providing green solutions that benefit the environment and the bottom line."

The Challenge has garnered widespread industry and media attention for its ambitious but achievable goal to improve energy efficiency across real estate company portfolios by 30 percent by 2012 (based on an ENERGY STAR® average building rating of 50). Several cities and counties have stepped up to endorse the 7-Point Challenge, including Albuquerque, Denver, Orlando, Phoenix and Orange County, Florida.

For more information about the 7–Point Challenge, visit www.boma.org/getinvolved/7pointchallenge.

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About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 17,000-plus members own or manage more than 9 billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at www.boma.org.

Contact
Lindsay Tiffany
Manager of Media Relations
BOMA International
ltiffany@boma.org
(202) 326-6365