Congratulations Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International for being named one of the “100 Associations That Will Save the World” by the American Society of Associations Executives (ASAE).
BOMA was recognized for its outstanding sustainability work and is featured on as the top example for sustainability, which is attributed to BOMA’s W2 (Water and Waste) Challenge.
BOMA’s W2 Challenge
The W2 Challenge was a groundbreaking, two-year program designed to encourage buildings in the United States to benchmark water usage and waste output and implement best practices to improve performance.
The W2 Challenge focused on securing the largest and broadest participation as possible, wherein participants committed to enter water and/or waste data at least quarterly in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® over the 2018 and 2019 calendar year. The challenge was open to all real estate sector properties, from commercial to residential to retail.
- More than 2,000 buildings participated the United States
- 412 cities were represented
- 493 million square feet of property were shared with the W2 Challenge in Portfolio Manager
BOMA’s Historic Pursuit of Improved Building Performance and Sustainability
Beginning in the mid-1990s, sustainability practices gained traction in building design and construction, and programs such as Green Globes, Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED), and others aimed took aim at energy-efficiency standards for new construction.
However, there was a gap. Once construction was complete, what strategies could building operators and managers use to make older buildings more sustainable?
Recognizing this, BOMA filled the gap with education and comparability data that would enable building operators and managers to understand, implement, and improve strategies necessary to improve performance and increase energy efficiencies.
BOMA’s tireless pursuit of improving building performance and sustainability is evident in its many programs, which have also won awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and have achieved the coveted ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence.
Visit ASAE for more information about BOMA & Sustainability: Benchmarks for W2 and Preserving ENERGY STAR as a Free and Voluntary Program and ASAE Research Foundation Case Study: BOMA Benchmarking in Pursuit of Sustainability.
Visit Facility Executives for more information about BOMA’s W2 Challenge and Champions.
For Class B and C office buildings, there is a largely untapped business opportunity to improve their energy performance.
Multiple constraints have led Class B/C buildings to adopt energy efficient practices into their general business practice at a slower rate than Class A assets. However, incorporating energy efficiency investments and green leasing clauses into these buildings provides an excellent opportunity to add long-term value, through lower energy costs and better alignment with tenants.
To provide an outline for how to simplify and streamline energy efficiency and green leasing opportunities for Class B/C office buildings that are appropriately tailored to the reality of the market, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) worked with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Urban Land Institute (ULI) to create the Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings report.
Join BOMA, RMI, and ULI for this webinar highlighting key takeaways from the report and how to overcome the traditional challenges to energy efficiency in the Class B/C market. The webinar will also feature experts from both the property owner and property manager perspective speaking to how they gained a competitive edge from implementing energy efficiency and green leasing in Class B/C office buildings.
- How to get started on energy efficiency in a Class B/C office building by understanding local efficiency regulations, identifying opportunities to improve, and benchmarking performance over time.
- How to optimize resources to prioritize low-cost, high-value energy efficiency projects to achieve cost savings, energy savings, and buildings that are more comfortable to tenants.
- How to reduce the cost-burden of capital-intensive energy efficiency retrofits through different financing options.
- How to modernize the standard lease form to improve the economics of efficiency projects and engage tenants.
- Bill Moebius, Senior Vice President/Regional Director, Peloton Commercial Real Estate
- Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies
- Joey Cathcart, Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute
- Matt Praske, Director of Energy and Sustainability, WashREIT
- Marta Schantz (Moderator), SVP, Greenprint Center for Building Performance, Urban Land Institute
- Joanne Arnold, Director of Research and TOBY, BOMA International
Date and Time
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Corporate Sustainability Strategies is pleased to announce Brenna Walraven selected to participate as an industry leader for BOMA’s Water and Waste Challenge (W2): Elevating Sustainability to the Next Level discussion at the 2019 Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Annual Conference and Expo.
Session Date and Time
Monday, June 24
9:30 – 10:30 AM
Salt Lake Convention Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
About BOMA Annual Conference and Expo
Every Building Needs Its Hero, Every Hero Needs BOMA
Prepare for an event that will take your career to the next level. Meet the most important people in commercial real estate on June 22–25, 2019. See the latest innovative products and services designed to make your building run more efficiently and get your tenancy to max capacity. You’ll learn from the best by day, with plenty of opportunities for evening networking. In just three days, you’ll gain the momentum you need to optimize your building operations and elevate your career.
For more information visit www.bomaconvention.org.
About BOMA International
BOMA is a federation of U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 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.
BOMA is a primary source of information on building management and operations, development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics, technological developments and other industry trends.
For more information about BOMA visit www.boma.org.
Getting back to the heart of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) – discover what it means to be emboldened by your peers, your passions and your strides towards better performance in the commercial real estate industry.
- David Mastro, Senior Vice President, LDK Ventures and President, BOMA California (LinkedIn)
- John Bryant, Vice President Advocacy, Codes and Standards, BOMA International (LinkedIn)
- Matthew Hargrove, Senior Vice President Government Affairs, California Business Properties Association (Bio)
- Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies (LinkedIn | Twitter)
Date, Time and Location
Thursday, September 13, 2018
11:30AM-1:30 PM PT
Newport Beach, CA
About BOMA International
BOMA is a federation of U.S. associations and international affiliates. BOMA represents owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 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. BOMA is a primary source of information on building management and operations, development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics, technological developments and other industry trends.
Learn more about BOMA International.