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BOMA International

Washington, District of Columbia

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a multinational federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Together, its more than 16,500 members own or manage nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space. BOMA is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence recognition for its leadership in promoting benchmarking and the adoption of energy efficiency best practices to the commercial real estate market. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

  • Completing its 7-Point Challenge, in which more than 130 participating member companies and BOMA local associations accepted the Challenge to improve energy efficiency by 30 percent across their commercial portfolios by 2012. Active Challenge participants reduced their adjusted energy use by approximately 7.5 percent from baseline.
  • Continuing to integrate ENERGY STAR into its education, outreach, and advocacy, as well as its best practices and awards programs. For example, benchmarking with Portfolio Manager is a prerequisite of its prestigious award program, The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY).
  • Partnering with the Rocky Mountain Institute to address the split incentive barrier and identify opportunities for collaboration between owners and tenants, and together creating the guidebook, "Working Together for Sustainability: The RMI-BOMA Guide for Landlords and Tenants."
  • Increasing participation in the BOMA STARS initiative to promote the importance of benchmarking energy consumption in commercial buildings through Portfolio Manager and sharing it with BOMA's master account to help demonstrate the effectiveness of the voluntary marketplace. Since January 2011, more than 3,420 buildings have benchmarked and shared their data.