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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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