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Building Owners and Managers Association International

BOMA, Real Estate Associations Ask GSA to Support Building Rating System Choice

July 31, 2012


(WASHINGTON—July 31, 2012) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, along with several associations and groups representing commercial and residential real estate sectors, sent a letter to Acting Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Daniel Tangherlini requesting that GSA and Congress allow a choice of building rating systems to be used by federal buildings to meet the varied needs of the individual building. This request is in lieu of selecting a single rating system that may not provide the best solution due to the age, finances, size, market or submarket location, property type and tenant mix of the building.

GSA is currently evaluating several building rating systems as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). A range of non-regulatory, voluntary systems have entered the marketplace in recent years. Rating systems gaining industry traction include ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings, Green Globes, International Green Construction Code, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Living Building Challenge and the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard.

“The current catalog of building rating systems allows for choice, which is crucial for building owners as there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution,” remarked BOMA International Chair Joseph W. Markling, managing director of Strategic Accounts at CBRE. “Owners need the flexibility to select a rating system that meets the unique goals for that property in areas such as budget, consumer demands and environmental goals.”

The letter stated that “While organizations do not endorse or reject any one rating system in particular, we respect the market and the choices real estate owners and investors make to define the most appropriate (if any) rating system for new or existing buildings that they own or manage.  Likewise, in identifying appropriate building certification systems for EISA’s purposes, we strongly encourage GSA to make a decision that reflects current practices in the marketplace and national recognition within and acceptance by the real estate industry.  Prior to announcing a decision, GSA should survey and study the various, multiple building rating systems that are being deployed in the private sector which satisfy the criteria set forth by EISA.”

BOMA recommends that GSA make a determination that allows for an adequate number of rating systems that represent the diverse buildings that span the federal asset portfolio.

Read the full letter.


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

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