BOMA International Recognized with 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award

April 2 2018


(WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 2, 2018) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has been recognized with a 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. BOMA International now has received a total of 11 ENERGY STAR awards, making it the most decorated commercial real estate association.

The Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations and companies that have exhibited outstanding contributions to energy efficiency year after year. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors. The accomplishments of BOMA International and its fellow winners will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 2018.

BOMA International received its first ENERGY STAR award in 2007 and will be honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency, which is integrated into a number of its programs and initiatives, including:

The Water and Waste Challenge (W2 Challenge), a new initiative to promote market transformation by encouraging the widespread use of waste and water benchmarking. The two-year program incentivizes property professionals to benchmark waste and water using ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Management tool and improve performance. The W2 Challenge kicked off on January 1, 2018, and nearly 2,000 buildings nationwide already are participating.

The development of the new Green Lease Guide: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants to Collaborate on Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Practices, the third update to the commercial real estate industry’s best practice guide to “greening” a commercial lease. Annual conference offerings, including the “High Performance Buildings” education track and the Green Pavilion, which highlights solutions and products to help property professionals stay ahead of the energy management curve.

Hosting the announcement of the ENERGY STAR Top 10 Cities for ENERGY STAR-certified buildings at a general session of the 2017 BOMA International Conference & Expo. This much-anticipated annual list raises awareness of which U.S. cities are prioritizing energy management and offers an important indicator for national sustainability growth trends. The continued success of BOMA’s Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP®) v2.0, BEEP for Industrial and BEEP Plus. First introduced in 2007, BEEP quickly became the industry standard for energy management training, reaching tens of thousands of property professionals. BEEP has been redeveloped, refined and updated to reflect the latest industry trends, new technologies and best practices to help the commercial real estate industry reduce energy consumption and improve the energy performance of commercial real estate assets.

The BOMA Energy Performance Contracting (BEPC) model, first released in 2008 and updated more recently to reflect new and emerging industry best practices. BEPC provides a conceptual framework and supporting template documents to help private building owners and operators develop and execute investment-grade, energy efficiency retrofits to enhance asset value. Since 2008, the BEPC toolkit has been used to facilitate projects in more than 20 cities across five continents.

Building Re-Tuning Training, which was developed in conjunction with DOE and the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation. This program teaches property professionals how to correct operational problems that lead to energy waste in properties through no- and low-cost solutions.

The BOMA 360 Performance Program® and The Outstanding Building of the Year® (TOBY) competition, both of which require applicants to complete benchmarking through the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. BOMA 360 evaluates buildings across several areas of operations and management, including categories covering energy management and sustainability. The TOBY Awards are the commercial real estate industry’s highest honor recognizing quality in buildings and excellence in all facets of building management, including energy management and green policies and procedures.

Several public-private partnerships to increase energy efficiency for various building systems. In conjunction with the DOE and the Better Buildings Alliance, BOMA helped launch the Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign (ARC), the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign and the Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC). These programs help property professionals access technical support to implement energy efficiency retrofits.

Ongoing cumulative accomplishments in the areas of advocacy, education, research and other industry initiatives, many of which have been supported by grant funding for energy efficiency initiatives from real estate software developer—and BOMA International Cornerstone Partner—Yardi.

“BOMA International is honored to receive its eleventh ENERGY STAR award,” said BOMA International Chair Rob Brierley, BOMA Fellow, managing director of Real Estate Management Services and executive vice president of Colliers Boston. “As a longtime sustainability leader in the commercial real estate industry, we remain committed to providing building owners and managers with the tools, education and resources they need to operate high-performing buildings. We also congratulate our many member companies who have been honored with 2018 ENERGY STAR awards for their sustainability efforts.”

“The 2018 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year have demonstrated real leadership, showing how American families and businesses can save energy, save money and reduce air emissions,” said Bill Wehrum, EPA assistant administrator for Air and Radiation.

For more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program and a complete list of 2018 winners, visit


About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 88 BOMA U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge. Learn more at

Jessica Bates
Manager of Communications & Marketing
BOMA International
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