The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has been recognized with the 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to energy efficiency. BOMA International now has received a total of 15 ENERGY STAR awards, making it the most decorated commercial real estate association.
The Sustained Excellence award is the highest honor bestowed by the ENERGY STAR program. Winners are part of a distinguished group that has made a long-term commitment to fighting climate change and protecting public health through energy efficiency. They are among the nation’s leaders in driving value for the environment, the economy and the American people.
BOMA International received its first ENERGY STAR award in 2007. Fifteen years later, this most recent recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy demonstrates BOMA International’s long-term commitment to energy efficiency, which is integrated into a number of its programs and initiatives, including:
- Resources and incentives for “greening” a commercial lease, including BOMA’s 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 for green commercial leases. Through a generous grant from BOMA International Cornerstone Partner Yardi, BOMA now provides this guide as a free resource.
- Annual conference offerings, including the “Energy Efficiency and Environmental Responsibility” education track. BOMA’s Sustainability Scholarship, supported by Yardi, helps connect individuals studying or working in the sustainability field to these offerings by covering a full conference registration and associated costs.
- A wide range of thought leadership, including sustainability-focused BOMA Deep Dives, feature articles and high-performance building case studies to inform and promote industry best practices.
- A variety of energy management trainings and resources, includingBOMA’s Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP®) 2.0, BEEP for Industrial and BEEP Plus; the BOMA Energy Performance Contracting (BEPC) model; and Building Re-Tuning Training.
- The BOMA 360 Performance Program, which includes updated criteria to encourage applicants to achieve the industry’s most up-to-date best practices for energy management and sustainability.
- The Outstanding Building of the Year® (TOBY) competition, which is 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.
- The groundbreaking W2 Challenge, an initiative to promote market transformation by encouraging the widespread adoption of waste and water benchmarking, which successfully concluded in 2020. The two-year program incentivized nearly 2,000 buildings spanning more than 488 million square feet of space to benchmark waste and water using ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager tool. The highly effective initiative earned BOMA International a place on ASAE’s list of “100 Associations That Will Change the World” in 2020.
- 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 Yardi.
“BOMA International is honored to receive its fifteenth ENERGY STAR award,” said BOMA International Chair Mark Dukes, BOMA Fellow, CCIM, RPA, senior vice president of Asset Management at Physicians Realty Trust. “As a longtime sustainability leader in the commercial real estate industry, we remain committed to providing property professionals with the tools, education and resources they need to operate high-performing assets. We also applaud our many member companies who have been honored with 2022 ENERGY STAR awards for their sustainability efforts.”
“We know it’s going to take all of us working together to tackle the climate crisis, and the 2022 ENERGY STAR award-winning partners are demonstrating what it takes to build a more sustainable future,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “These companies are showing once again that taking action in support of a clean energy economy can be good not only for the environment, but also for business and customers.”
Winners are selected from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR partners. For a complete list of 2022 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.