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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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