BOMA Energy Efficiency Challenge Reaches 100 Endorsers
October 2008 - Energy Efficiency
The 7-Point Challenge initiative urging commercial real estate organizations to improve energy efficiency has reached 100 endorsers.
The Challenge by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) sets the goal of improving energy efficiency across an organization’s portfolio by 30 percent by 2012.
The success of the Challenge demonstrates commercial real estate’s commitment to voluntarily reduce energy consumption to improve operational performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to BOMA. Endorsers are using the Challenge as both a call to action and a template for developing sustainability programs.
BOMA International introduced its Market Transformation Energy Plan, which includes the 7-Point Challenge, to its members in July 2007 as an aggressive but realistic strategy to reduce the use of natural resources, non-renewable energy sources and waste production in commercial buildings.
The goals of the plan include decreasing energy consumption by 30 percent across portfolios by 2012 (in comparison to an average building scoring a 50 in Energy Star); benchmarking energy performance and water usage through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star benchmarking tool; and providing education to building owners and operators and others involved in building operations to ensure that equipment is properly operated and maintained.