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Building Owners and Managers Association International

Building Owners and Managers Commemorate Energy Awareness Month through Benchmarking

October 26, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(WASHINGTON – October 26, 2011) October is Energy Awareness Month and to commemorate the occasion, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is celebrating the achievements of its BOMA STARS, the companies that have submitted their energy management data to BOMA through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager tool. Since BOMA began efforts to quantify energy reductions across the industry, commercial real estate companies have shared data for 3,130 buildings representing 765 million square feet of office space across the United States.

“We commend the BOMA STARS for their commitment to improving energy efficiency in their buildings and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” commented BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “These companies help us show lawmakers and regulatory agencies that our industry is voluntarily tracking and improving the energy performance of our nation’s buildings.”

The BOMA STARS program underscores the importance of benchmarking energy consumption in commercial buildings and encourages members to track their energy management data using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and to share that data with BOMA. Based on a sample set of 623 million square feet and an average building size of 250,000 square feet, BOMA’s master account baseline rating is a 73, with a current rating of 78. Almost 60 percent of the properties, representing 70 percent of the total square footage, have an ENERGY STAR rating of 75 or greater.

The BOMA STARS program encourages property professionals to:

S  Submit data to ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager
T  Track progress over time through benchmarking
A  Assess energy performance and take steps to reduce consumption
R  Rate performance by achieving an ENERGY STAR® rating
S  Share your data with BOMA International and achieve recognition  as one of  the  BOMA STARS

The BOMA STARS program compliments BOMA’s 7-Point Challenge, launched in July 2007, which asks members to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent by 2012. To date, organizations representing three billion square feet of office space have signed onto the Challenge and are transforming the marketplace.

For more information, visit www.boma.org/getinvolved/BOMASTARS.

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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 16,500-plus members own or manage more than nine 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
(202) 326-6365
ltiffany@boma.org