BOMA International's Advocacy Update


Several weeks ago, the BOMA International Advocacy issued an Advocacy Update. Following are just a couple of examples of how the committee works for Commercial Real Estate Building Owners and Managers. 

U.S. Senate Introduces BOMA-Backed Energy Efficiency Legislation

Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) reintroduced bipartisan legislation that encourages energy efficiency in building codes. The bill, known as the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act, is unique in that it is endorsed by both energy efficiency advocates and business interests, including BOMA International, The Real Estate Roundtable and NAIOP.

If enacted, the legislation would:

• Require the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to establish all energy targets, determinations and national model codes through public notice and comment rulemaking procedures, as opposed to enshrining efficiency targets in statute;

• Require DOE to set separate targets for residential and commercial buildings;

• Incorporate economic and cost considerations from the perspectives of building owners and tenants as model energy codes are developed—including return on investment analysis; and

• Subjects DOE model codes to a small business impact review analysis.

Senators Portman and Shaheen held a press conference following the release of the ESIC Act, thanking business supporters, including BOMA International President Henry Chamberlain, for years of steadfast support during negotiations that culminated in a compromise bill that advances the efficiency of the built environment without onerous regulations and mandates.


EPA Updates New ENERGY STAR Scoring Model to Address Real Estate Concerns

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released an updated ENERGY STAR scoring model for commercial buildings, which went into effect on July 15. The update comes after numerous real estate owners and managers discovered that the methodology was unfairly skewed against buildings in colder climates, which received lower scores, on average, than similar buildings in warmer climates

During EPA’s review phase, staff shared their modeling methodology with BOMA International and other real estate partners, requesting comments. At their request, BOMA surveyed its membership and shared hundreds of buildings’ energy data. That data, along with numerous meetings and negotiations, led to a significant change that is reflected in the updated model.

Buildings in certain markets including, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., will now see an increase in their ENERGY STAR scores by about 5 points above EPA’s original model. Craig Haglund, program manager for ENERGY STAR, presented EPA’s findings and changes at BOMA International’s recent annual conference in Salt Lake City. Haglund thanked BOMA’s members for their collaboration with ENERGY STAR, stating that EPA’s changes are a direct result of BOMA and other industry partners coming together to make the program stronger and fairer for all buildings across the U.S.



BOMA Secures Major Cost Savings in Latest I-Codes

BOMA International Building Codes Committee unveiled the Executive Summary of its 2018 International Code Council (ICC) Code Analysis in Salt Lake City. The document summarizes the major changes made between the 2015 and 2018 code cycles and how those changes affect commercial buildings. Overall, nearly $10 million per average building were saved by defeating proposals that would have increased costs of new construction and alterations by $49/square foot. These changes reflect BOMA’s continuous advocacy efforts in the codes arena. BOMA International is the only commercial real estate association with an active and engaged codes team advocating on your behalf.


Be sure to keep your membership current in order to receive timely and full Advocacy Updates from BOMA International.  

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