BOMA Advocacy Update

Update from John R. Bryant | Vice President of Advocacy & Building Codes

October 29, 2020

With Election Day right around the corner, BOMA continues to advocate on your behalf for the passage of meaningful legislation in Congress and statehouses around the country and to represent your interests in building code development and adoption.

In October, BOMA-backed legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to make permanent the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction known as 179D. As a top legislative priority, we are working with legislators from both sides of the aisle to ensure the incentive is continued and ultimately enhanced.

The election remains a hot topic due to the possibility of civil unrest surrounding election results, and property professionals should prepare accordingly. To provide assistance, BOMA has created a new guidance resource with a checklist of considerations to better prepare your building and your staff.

The following stories highlight our most recent activities, including information and resources to help BOMA members stay current on the priority issues facing the industry. Together, we continue to make a difference.


Congress Proposes Making Energy Efficiency Incentive Permanent

Earlier this month, Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) introduced a BOMA-supported bill to make the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction, commonly referred to as 179D, a permanent part of the tax code. The Incentivize Energy-Saving Improvements Act (H.R. 8547) is an important step to ensure the viability of energy efficiency investments both now and in the future. 179D remains the only federal energy efficiency incentive for commercial buildings. Absent congressional action, it is set to expire at the end of 2020.

BOMA applauds the introduction of this bill and will work with Congress to promote energy efficiency solutions and incentives to help advance sustainability upgrades in commercial properties.



New Resource: Civil Unrest and the 2020 Election Season

Continuing a uniquely difficult year, property professionals are facing yet another significant challenge around the 2020 election season. Political instability—intensified by the competing crises of the pandemic, a recession and social turmoil—has led to predictions of sustained civil unrest. BOMA International’s new guidance resource, Civil Unrest and the 2020 Election Season, synthesizes the latest information from security experts and includes checklists to aid commercial real estate in its preparations. While the industry is accustomed to preparing for a variety of emergencies, the current landscape calls for heightened vigilance and preparations to minimize potential disruptions and protect the safety of individuals and properties. Property professionals are in a unique position to help assure public safety during this period of uncertainty that could extend for months. 

Energy & Environment

Get the Inside Scoop on ENERGY STAR at Upcoming Committee Meeting

BOMA International's Energy and Environment (E&E) Committee will host a virtual fall meeting highlighting the latest information from ENERGY STAR® as the program responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. All BOMA members are welcome to join the webinar, which will be held on Tuesday, November 17, at 1:00 pm Eastern. The event will feature guest speakers Michael Zatz and Craig Haglund from the ENERGY STAR staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Attendees will get the details on the soon-to-be-announced ENERGY STAR guidance on benchmarking and certification that accounts for COVID-19, and they will also get a preview of the new ENERGY STAR Tenant Space program. The fall meeting of the E&E Committee, led by Chair Jason McIntyre of USAA Real Estate and vice-chair Michael Bodendorf of Realterm, also serves as a kick-off to a new committee year, with an opportunity for participants to share top issues and ask questions. To attend, join the Energy & Environment group on myCommunities or email Maria Pisciotta, BOMA International’s Manager of State and Local Affairs, at [email protected].


Mixing It Up with BOMAPAC

BOMAPAC is an integral part of BOMA International’s advocacy outreach as it allows BOMA International to support federal candidates up for re-election who have demonstrated leadership and an understanding of the issues that impact commercial real estate. It is especially important right now as BOMA works to get legislation passed by the end of the year and prepares for a brand-new Congress in 2021. The financial support provided by BOMA members is instrumental in expanding BOMA's outreach and strengthening its voice during this critical time.

To continue bolstering BOMAPAC resources in a virtual environment, BOMAPAC hosted its first virtual fundraiser last week—an online mixology class hosted by an award-winning bartender. This event brought more than 30 BOMA members from across the United States together to have fun and learn new techniques, tips and tricks for crafting world-class cocktails. There will be several more opportunities for events such as this, so stay tuned for what’s coming up next to help keep BOMA’s voice strong on Capitol Hill.

For more information about BOMAPAC, please email Meg Novak, BOMA International's Manager of Government Affairs & PAC, at [email protected]

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