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Sponsorship & Advertising through BOMA Baltimore!

Gain Valuable Exposure to Our Exclusive Audience. Interested in sponsoring or advertising through BOMA Baltimore? Click here to view all of our sponsorship opportunities or email info@bomabaltimore.org today!

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Better Benchmarking for Better Buildings

As green initiatives continue to take the lead in trends for building and property management, BOMA Baltimore strives to keep our members educated about energy and sustainability. Part of the way BOMA Baltimore members can keep up with how their building ranks against similar buildings is by using an interactive tool for benchmarking called Portfolio Manager through Energy Star. It allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption for all of the buildings you manage by using a confidential, secure online dashboard. In addition, you can view your building’s energy performance rating, estimate your carbon footprint, set investment priorities, verify and track progress of improvement projects and gain EPA recognition.

 

Our members also have the option of easily sharing the data collected by Portfolio Manager with BOMA Baltimore. Why share your building’s efficiency data with BOMA Baltimore? Every year, we have a group of experts represent our members in state and city legislative sessions. With the data of our members, we have a way of reporting how the organization is succeeding as a whole which helps support our legislative goals in these sessions. BOMA Baltimore also wants another opportunity to recognize our high achieving members with special acknowledgments. All data shared with BOMA Baltimore is kept strictly confidential and is only used for group reporting.

 

How do you share your Portfolio Manager data with BOMA Baltimore? Follow these simple steps to get started:

 

- Log into your Portfolio Manager
- Go to My Portfolio page
- Share Facilities
- Go to the drop-down menu "Select a Portfolio Manager Master Account" and scroll down to select BOMA Baltimore
- Click the button to Add and Modify
- Select "Read Only"
- Answer NO to additional questions on that page
- Select facilities to share (via checked boxes next to facility name)

 

For any additional questions, to contact or to join the Energy and Sustainability Committee, email Tucker Davis at davis@enernoc.com

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BOMA 2011

It’s time for the BOMA International Conference & The Every Building Show and this year it’s traveled across the country and into our backyard. Planned for June 26 -28, BOMA 2011 will be taking place in the beautiful Gaylord Convention Center located at the National Harbor. That’s right, just a drive down 295 in D.C.  This is an incredible opportunity to expand your network of connections among BOMA members that come from across the US and around the world. This conference focuses on current trends and best practices and provides firsthand learning to what others are doing to stay ahead.

 

The 2011 BOMA International Conference & The Every Building Show features a powerhouse of industry leaders conducting critical discussions and sharing their knowledge and expertise. Guest speakers include CNN senior political analyst David Gergen, who will touch on the challenges facing leaders, and President and CEO of Vornado Realty Trust Michael D. Fascitelli, who will present on the state of commercial real estate in the US, along with others.  If this information wasn’t enough to convince you to register, there are more great reasons to attend:

 

  • Education – with speakers like those listed above, sessions on any topic you can think of and chances to earn GBCI CE Hours, you’re bound to come out with knowledge you didn’t have before.
  • Innovation—the conference will be showcasing the latest in products and services for your building from all of the leading suppliers.
  • Affordable—with flexible registration options, you can select to attend the full conference, a one-day schedule or even take advantage of team admission.
  • Location—Future conferences are set to take place in Seattle, San Diego, Orlando, and LA.  With the location so close now, you can forget about flight costs or hotel bookings.

 

We hope to have a great representation from BOMA Baltimore members at this year’s conference and look forward to having you join us. Click here to visit the site, learn more and register!

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Earth Day: An Excuse to Promote Green Practices in Your Building

BOMA Baltimore is constantly encouraging our members to keep up with green standards and ensure that buildings are functioning as efficiently as possible. With the 7-Point Challenge and 360 Performance Program, we try to help think of ways your building could be even better. That’s why we want to stress the importance of Earth Day on April 22, 2011. Liberty Property Trust, a BOMA Baltimore member, has two programs planned to celebrate Earth Day that may give you ideas for what your building could do to help bring your tenants together and raise awareness for energy sustainability in your community.

 

 

Liberty is hosting its 3rdAnnual Cell Phones for Soldiers campaign. Liberty’s buildings in 20 cities across the nation are joining together to collect cell phones for military members serving overseas, allowing them to contact their families. This program promotes recycling and keeps electronics out of landfills.

 

 

In addition, Liberty is also sponsoring the NAIOP Maryland Chapter’s Living Classroom on Friday, April 29.  A Liberty team will work to construct floating wetlands and picnic tables in support of the Baltimore-Washington based program which works to strengthen communities and inspire young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.”

 

 

Some other simple ideas for your building include:

 

 

-educating tenants about the green practices already in place

-ensuring tenants are following proper recycling procedure

-hosting a recycling competition between offices to promote good waste management habits

-installing or providing water filtration systems in kitchens to reduce the use of plastic bottles

 

 

Get inspired! Reach out to the local community or schools and volunteer in programs already in place in your area. You can also check out http://www.earthday.org/ to learn more about the world’s largest environmental advocacy and service project, A Billion Acts of Green, and take the Earth Day quiz to measure your impact on the planet.

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Energy Efficiency and the 7 Point Challenge

In July 2007, BOMA International launched the Market Transformation Energy Plan and 7-Point Challenge to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings by 30 percent by 2012. BOMA Baltimore opted in to support this 7-point challenge in 2009 and, since then, we have established our own Energy and Sustainability Committee to help lead the charge. Even local governments and associate members – providers of products and services to the commercial real estate industry- have supported the challenge.

BOMA International established the 7-Point Challenge to reduce the use of natural resources, non-renewable energy sources and waste production throughout the commercial building marketplace.

 

The 7-Point Challenge

  1. Continue to work towards a goal to decrease energy consumption by 30 percent across your portfolios by 2012 – as measured against an “average building” measuring a 50 on the ENERGY STAR® benchmarking tool in 2007.
  2. At least once a year, benchmark your energy performance and water usage through EPA's ENERGY STAR benchmarking tool (and share your results with BOMA);
  3. Provide education to your managers, engineers, and others involved in building operations, to ensure that equipment is properly maintained and utilized;
  4. Perform an energy audit and/or retro-commissioning of your building, and implement low-risk, low-cost and cost effective strategies to improve energy efficiency with high returns;
  5. Extend equipment life by improving the operations and maintenance of building systems and ensure equipment is operating as designed;
  6. Through leadership, positively impact your community and your planet by helping to reduce your industry's role in global warming; and
  7. Position yourself and the industry as leaders and solution providers to owners and tenants seeking environmental and operational excellence.

 

There are 216 Energy Star Rated buildings in Maryland. Tucker Davis, BOMA Baltimore member and Senior Account Manager at SupplySMART, is leading the initiative for the association.

“Energy management has become one of the top priorities of commercial real estate owners and managers in recent years.  As many of you know, BOMA has launched several initiatives that keep our industry in the forefront of sustainable practices, energy efficiency, and performance monitoring.  BOMA Baltimore is responding to this new era of energy management by forming an Energy and Sustainability Committee that will help showcase the incredible effort its members have put into energy management, and tap into the resources that are made available through BOMA International to help us all meet the formidable challenges that still lay ahead in building a sustainable future in our region.   We are now recruiting active and associate members of BOMA Baltimore to participate on this committee, to help communicate the great work that BOMA Baltimore members are doing, and to share information and resources with the membership.“

 

Interested - want to learn more and/or join the committee? For questions and meeting dates, please contact Tucker Davis at (443) 573-1527.

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BOMA 360 Performance Program

Happy New Year!  As we enter 2011, finding ways to market our properties, attract new tenants and assure those who are already on board that they’ve made the right building choice for their business and employees is most likely top of mind for all of us. To help distinguish our buildings in the marketplace, BOMA has established the BOMA 360 Performance Program.  The mission of the program is to validate and recognize commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in all major areas of building operations and management. This program evaluates all parts of the building to provide a unique 360 review, making it a valuable designation to hold.

 

Once receiving the designation, the building will be recognized in a directory of BOMA 360 Performance Buildings on the BOMA International web site, on BOMA Baltimore’s website, through press releases and other announcements, as well as use the BOMA 360 Performance Program logo on their letterhead, business cards, marketing and other collateral material.

 

The evaluation of the building includes reviews of the following 6 criteria:

  • Operation management
  • Life safety/security/risk management
  • Training and education
  • Energy
  • Environmental/sustainability
  • Tenant relations/community involvement

 

The program is based off of a point system and a list of prerequisites must be met before a building is even considered:

  • Must be an occupied commercial or industrial building
  • Standard Operating Procedure Manual must be in place
  • Preventative Maintenance Program must be in place
  • The income and expense performance data must be included in the most recent BOMA Experience Exchange Report (EER) survey
  • Must be benchmarked through EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager and data shared with BOMA International

 

150 buildings around the country currently hold the title of BOMA 360 Performance Building. This program is different than The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) competition and applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. BOMA Baltimore wants to help all of our members achieve the standards that will allow them to apply for and be accepted into this prestigious program. We’ve set a goal for five building applicants in 2011. Will your building be one of them?

 

Applications are accepted at all times during the year and are evaluated quarterly. TOBY winners at the regional level are recognized as having achieved the minimum required points in as many as four of the six sections and receive a discount on the application fee.

 

So what are you waiting for? The next deadline for applications is March 1, 2011 to be considered for the first quarter 2011 class of designees. Holding the title of a BOMA 360 Performance building is a valuable tool to make your building stand out from the rest. Visit the BOMA International website for more details and to apply by clicking here.

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Crisis Management: Is your building prepared?

As building managers, we are always concerned for the wellbeing and safety of our tenants. But how do you plan for a crisis? Have your tenants practiced an emergency evacuation? Do you have an action plan for a lock-down situation?

 

 

These are some important questions every building manager should ask themselves periodically to prepare for any crisis. BOMA Baltimore is dedicated to helping our members understand these questions and move forward in creating policies to protect tenants. We are now forming our own Security and Emergency Preparedness committee that will help each of our members create action plans for crisis management or supplement existing plans.  We are also working with the city to ensure the necessary communications are in place should a crises situation develop.

 

 

If you have interest in participating on this committee or want to learn more, please contact Jennifer Thornton at headquarters.

 

 

BOMA International has always been involved in developing emergency and security preparedness tactics and best practices for the industry. But after 9/11, the office building industry more than doubled its efforts. The BOMA International website is full of continually updated content including tools for property managers to evaluate security preparedness, create evacuation plans, and perform risk assessments on their properties. Outreach includes conferences, seminars and workshops – all of to which, you as a member, have access.

 

 

BOMA International recommends that building managers take certain security measures to set a foundation for their crisis management strategies.

 

 

“Review current contingency plans and if not already in place, develop and implement procedures for receiving and acting on threat information, alert notification procedures, terrorist incident response procedures, evacuation procedures, bomb threat procedures, hostage and barricade procedures, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) procedures, consequence and crisis management procedures, accountability procedures, and media procedures. When the aforementioned plans and procedures have been implemented, conduct internal training exercises and invite local emergency responders (fire, rescue, medical and bomb squads) to participate in joint exercises.”

 

 

Suggested security measures for all buildings can be found on the BOMA International site here .

 

 

Security and Emergency Preparedness plans should account for terror attacks as well as natural disaster and disease. Here are some things to consider when creating plans for your building.

 

 

-Before a disaster, establish and confirm communication plans and equipment.

-During a disaster, account and identify your tenants and make sure people are out of harms way.

-After a disaster, make a quick assessment and prioritize your efforts.

 

 

For more information from some of the first respondents to the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, click here.

 

 

Stay tuned as we share more information about this and our other key initiatives throughout the next few months. In the meantime, if you have any questions about how to get involved, email Jennifer Thornton at jthornton@bomabaltimore.org

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BOMA Baltimore: Looking Ahead to 2011

Fall has been a busy time for BOMA Baltimore. We’ve recently wrapped up our TOBY Awards – thanks to all of the winners, finalists, volunteers and staff who made this year’s program such a success – and the board has been busy listening to member feedback regarding what’s important and impacting your everyday success.  As an organization, we are constantly striving to provide our members with pertinent information about industry best practices. With that in mind, we’re excited to share with you some of the key initiatives you’ll see rolling out in the New Year.  More details on each will be provided in upcoming blogs so check back soon.



Security and Emergency Preparedness



As you know, health and safety of tenants is always of chief concern to every building manager. BOMA International has put together a Security and Emergency Preparedness Special Interest Group in order to become the information resource for emergency preparedness for the commercial real estate industry. We are now forming our own committee that will help each of our members create action plans for crisis management or supplement existing plans.  If you have interest in participating or want to learn more, please contact, Jennifer Thornton at headquarters.



BOMA 360 Performance Program



Hoping to help distinguish our buildings in the market and attract tenants, BOMA International established the BOMA 360 Performance Program. This program was designed to validate and recognize commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in all major areas of building operations and management.



150 buildings around the country currently hold the title of BOMA 360 Performance Building. This program is different than The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) competition and applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. We want to help all of our members achieve the standards that will allow them to apply for and be accepted into this prestigious program. We’ve set a goal for five building applicants in 2011. Will your building be one of them?



Energy Efficiency



BOMA Baltimore opted in to supporting BOMA International’s 7-point challenge in 2009 and its goal of improving energy efficiency across real estate company portfolios by 30 percent by 2012 (based on an ENERGY STAR® average building rating of 50). Reducing the use of natural resources, non-renewable energy sources and waste production throughout the commercial building marketplace is important to all us and our communities. What’s great is that each of us can do something about it and our Energy and Sustainability Committee is helping to lead the charge.  Today, there are 216 Energy Star Rated buildings in Maryland. Want to find out how you can join these elite properties?

Stay tuned as we share more information about this and our other key initiatives throughout the next few months. In the meantime, if you have any questions about how to get involved, email Jennifer Thornton at jthornton@bomabaltimore.org

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On the Record: An Interview with BOMA Baltimore’s New Board President, Lynn L. Berger, RPA

Years in the industry: 19



Current position: For the past five years, I’ve been with Liberty Property Trust. I’m a senior property manager for the Maryland region.



Board involvement: I’ve been on the BOMA Baltimore Board since January 2006 and on the Legislative Committee since 1998.



Why BOMA Baltimore: Like all of us in the commercial real estate industry, we have demanding jobs and families; however, my involvement with BOMA Baltimore has given me great personal and professional satisfaction. It’s an organization that does a great job of identifying what its members need in a diversified industry. Legislation, building codes, energy initiatives, operating expenses, education, just to name a few. BOMA Baltimore is about “Building Success” and the organization delivers a competitive edge for its members.



I think we also provide great benefits for associate members. We encourage members to "buy BOMA Baltimore" when they’re looking for vendors and we offer lots of opportunities for vendors to meet members face-to-face.



We also have many ways to get involved that can fit busy schedules. There are several committees to serve on and the more our talented members contribute, the better our organization will be. I hope all of our members will think about joining a committee!



About BOMA Baltimore's new marketing campaign:
BOMA Baltimore also recognizes the need to reach out to the next generation of industry leaders. We have enhanced our website, which gives us much more of a presence online than we have ever had before and now can reach members through social networking tools like LinkedIn and Facebook.



LinkedIn lets us all share our professional expertise, ask each other questions and communicate with each other when we’re not at a BOMA Baltimore meeting.



Facebook puts a more "human" face on the organization. We hope members will post their photos of our events and community outreach programs and show that we also have a lot of fun together.



What would you like that "next generation" to know about the field of property management:
This is a great industry. There are lots of different aspects to it. It’s rewarding, it pays well and it’s secure. Even during these tough times, vacant buildings still need good managers.



BOMA Baltimore will support up and coming real estate professionals in their careers and in being future leaders, and as always, BOMA Baltimore will remain an organization that supports and educates its members (and associate members) at every stage of their careers. It is a pleasure to work so many talented people with diverse expertise throughout the BOMA Baltimore organization.



What it's like to be BOMA Baltimore’s new board president:
It is a privilege to be selected by your peers to assist such a great team. And BOMA Baltimore’s Board is a team. That’s our approach.



Throughout my career, I have truly benefitted from my BOMA membership and I’m eager to assist and guide this organization to "Building Success."

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