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BOMA International Passes New Policy Positions on Energy Benchmarking and Tax Reform


(WASHINGTON, D.C. – ) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International passed two new policy positions and reaffirmed its position in opposition of mandated luminous egress path markings during the association’s Winter Business Meeting.


New policy positions:


Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure
BOMA International supports voluntary benchmarking and encourages its members to benchmark their buildings at least annually using EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager platform or other similar programs. BOMA International opposes mandates for energy benchmarking, disclosure and labeling.


OMA International recognizes that many states and municipalities are implementing mandatory benchmarking and disclosure requirements. In recognition of such, BOMA supports the creation of a national model building energy performance program, based on the EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager platform, to avoid a patchwork of differing regulations from location to location.  BOMA supports the creation of a user-friendly model that is easy to use and easy to understand and promotes knowledge of building energy performance without hindering real estate transactions. As part of any such program, utilities must be required to provide whole building benchmarking data to building owners and managers, with disclosure limited to parties directly involved in a sale, lease or financing transaction.


BOMA also supports increased funding for the Energy Information Administration (EIA) to enhance their research and depth of data in the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) and for EPA ENERGY STAR. With increased federal funding, EPA ENERGY STAR may be able to provide more robust data to expand its 1 to 100 rating system to all commercial property types.


Tax Reform
BOMA International supports comprehensive tax reform policies that:

    Do not penalize capital investment in commercial real estate;
    Do not discriminate against real estate as an investment class;
    Do not retroactively tax imbedded investments;
    Revise depreciation schedules to more closely reflect market reality for building components;
    Treat leasehold improvements fairly as a permanent policy—allows depreciation over no longer than a 15 year period;
    Maintain a low tax rate on capital gains; and
    Provide long-term certainty and stability.


During the Winter Business Meeting, BOMA International also reaffirmed its position in opposition of mandates for luminous egress path markings in existing buildings.


“BOMA’s new policy positions on Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure and Tax Reform demonstrate the importance of voluntary benchmarking and comprehensive yet business-minded tax reform in the current market,” commented BOMA International Chair Joe Markling, managing director of Strategic Accounts with CBRE. “BOMA members have proven that a voluntary marketplace does promote responsible energy management. The creation of a national model building energy performance program will streamline benchmarking and access to performance data. These are important tools the industry needs to manage energy performance. On the tax side, reform that doesn’t penalize capital investment in business is crucial if we expect to pick up the pace of recovery. Without tax reform, we can expect sluggish job and business growth to continue to be the norm.”


Learn more about BOMA International’s latest policy positions as well as other federal legislative and regulatory issues.




About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates.  Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types, including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP.  Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information.  Find BOMA online at www.boma.org.


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