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  • December 19, 2019 12:21 PM | Dana McKeon (Administrator)


    BOMA/Chicago Gains IDF Support in Fight to Protect Collective Bargaining

    BOMA International’s Industry Defense Fund (IDF) Oversight Committee approved an application from BOMA/Chicago addressing a new city ordinance that violates the collective bargaining process and national labor policy. In July, the Chicago City Council passed a Fair Workweek Ordinance, one of the more comprehensive “predictive scheduling” laws in the nation. BOMA/Chicago disagreed with the added mandate of a waiver to get exemptions for employees covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement—in essence, the city council is preempting collective bargaining by creating a waiver that will become a negotiated item. As the collective bargaining agent for member buildings, BOMA/Chicago is committed to defending the ability to negotiate labor contracts in good faith and defeating politically driven interference in the process.

  • December 19, 2019 12:20 PM | Dana McKeon (Administrator)


    BOMA Delegation Participates at Greenbuild Conference

    A substantial BOMA delegation was part of last month’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the massive annual gathering of “green” building professionals. BOMA International Chair-Elect Shelby Christensen and Vice Chair Mark Dukes joined advocacy staff members John Bryant, Ken Rosenfeld and Maria Balzer-Pisciotta for the event, held this year in Atlanta. BOMA International is a longtime association partner of the event, which attracts thousands of attendees, bringing together a wide variety of perspectives dedicated to sustainability in the built environment.


    This year’s conference was headlined by former President Barack Obama, whose keynote remarks included an on-point reminder of the need to consider who bears the brunt of costs and mandates when developing “green” policies. The line-up of education sessions included a range of relevant topics, including zero waste, the state of the recycling market, resiliency, adaptability and the future of LEED. As always, Greenbuild served as a good opportunity to interact with contacts from partner agencies and organizations, including Mike Zatz, manager of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Commercial Buildings program.

  • December 19, 2019 12:20 PM | Dana McKeon (Administrator)

    Building Codes

    BOMA Releases Summary and Cost Analysis of the 2018 ICC Code Changes

    During the 2018 ICC code development cycle, BOMA International achieved significant victories resulting in real cost savings for the industry. Overall, the average 200,000-square-foot new office construction will save $10 million in expenses thanks to the defeat of proposals that would have raised the cost of new construction and alterations by $49 per square foot—and many of these savings are also applicable to existing buildings. Additionally, several BOMA-supported proposals were approved that also reduced costs—in some cases by 20 percent.


    Some of our major victories:

    - Reduced inspections of mechanically operated smoke and heat vents from every year to every five years.

    - The occupant load factor for business uses has been revised from one occupant per 100 square feet to one occupant per 150 square feet.

    - Defeated a proposal that would have required rooftops to be considered a story in high-rise buildings.

    - Defeated a proposal that would have required whole building air leakage testing of commercial and multifamily buildings based on building size, climate zone, building use and the floor area of the conditioned space.


    You can view the full summary of the report here.

  • December 19, 2019 12:20 PM | Dana McKeon (Administrator)


    BOMAPAC Fundraising Exceeds Expectations

    Our fundraising efforts in 2019 broke records! This year we totaled $90,000 in contributions, a testament to the tremendous effort put forth by BOMA local associations and individual members alike. Some local associations hosted a fundraiser for the first time, while others continued to build on their fundraising efforts from previous years. BOMA/Utah raised the bar for future annual conference fundraisers with an increase of 50 percent in the amount raised compared to previous years. A special acknowledgement to Sandrena Robinson, BOMAPAC Council Chair, and Vice Chairs Manny Moreno, Cristalle Bozarth and Andy Taylor. Their guidance and tireless efforts made an incredible impact this year.


    In 2020, our goal is to raise $100,000. While ambitious, with the support of each local association, we are confident we will achieve this milestone. Let’s continue to raise the bar, so that we can increase our ability to connect with the lawmakers who understand real estate’s impact on the economy on both a local and national scale.

  • December 19, 2019 12:19 PM | Dana McKeon (Administrator)


    BOMA Makes Big Progress on Key Issues in U.S. Congress

    BOMA International’s advocacy team worked tirelessly throughout 2019 to advance our legislative priorities: correcting the qualified improvement property (QIP) tax error; extending or making permanent the Commercial Buildings Energy-Efficient Tax Deduction (179D); and renewing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program. All of these agenda items made significant progress towards the finish line this past year thanks to directly lobbying on Capitol Hill, working with our coalition partners and grassroots efforts by BOMA members.


    BOMA secured an extension of 179D through 2020 (and retroactive to 2017) and ensured it would be an important component of current and future energy packages in the hopes of making it permanent in the coming year. After BOMA testified in front of the Senate Committee on Finance staff, the panel released a bipartisan report identifying 179D as a provision that should be made permanent. We have also identified champions in the House to introduce a permanent bill next year.


    A bill to correct the error for QIP, formerly referred to as leasehold depreciation, was introduced in both chambers of Congress and gained broad bipartisan support. Additionally, reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program (TRIA) sailed through the House and is expected to be included in a year-end spending deal along with an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through 2020.


    Next year will be a busy one on Capitol Hill, and our efforts in 2019 laid the groundwork for success thanks to the hard work of BOMA’s advocacy team and its engaged membership.

  • October 31, 2019 2:52 PM | Dana McKeon (Administrator)


    Free Webinar: New Technology Solutions for Accessing Waste Data

    Join us on Wednesday, November 13, at 2pm Eastern, for the next installment in the free Water and Waste Challenge (W2) webinar series. Open to all, the series is designed to provide insights and best practices to help building owners and managers improve water and waste performance. The upcoming webinar, “Solutions for Better Waste Data and Management,” will explore new technologies that can solve the often-difficult challenge of getting access to waste data. Expert speakers will help illustrate the impact that waste management has on your bottom line; the importance of benchmarking for improving performance; and new technology solutions for accessing accurate waste data.

  • October 31, 2019 2:50 PM | Dana McKeon (Administrator)


    BOMA Defends Positions During ICC Public Comment Hearings

    Key members of BOMA International’s Building Codes Committee, including committee vice chair and president of BOMA/Tulsa Susan Walker, traveled to Las Vegas for the second round of hearings that will complete the 2021 International Code Council (ICC) code development cycle. Along with Susan, BOMA’s codes consultants John Catlett and Andrew Klein and Vice President of Advocacy & Building Codes John Bryant will be defending positions and making recommendations related to changes made to the International Existing Building Code, International Building Code Administration and Structural provisions, and the International Energy Conservation Code. Most of our concerns revolve around advanced energy efficiency proposals with high-cost implications and long-term paybacks. Testimony began last Wednesday and will be wrapping up this week. You can catch the hearings live at iccsafe.org/content/webcast-hearings.

  • October 31, 2019 2:49 PM | Dana McKeon (Administrator)


    BOMA/Seattle-King County Public Safety Survey Reveals Increasing Crime Concerns

    Responding to mounting concerns from local property owners and managers about crime and public safety, BOMA/Seattle-King County launched a survey of its membership to verify anecdotal stories. More than 100 office buildings participated in the survey regarding the impact that crime and other safety incidents are having on tenants, employees, vendors and visitors to their buildings, and the results were bleak. The survey results grabbed the attention of a local news station, with 73 percent of respondents believing that public safety and security issues are worse than they were three to five years ago and a majority reporting experiencing at least seven security incidents per month.


    Compounding the problem, properties are significantly under-reporting incidents to law enforcement because they don’t believe it makes a difference. “The information we gathered is alarming,” says Rod Kauffman, president of BOMA/Seattle-King County. “Incidents involving intimidation, property damage and refusal to leave our members’ properties are a regular and growing occurrence. I am concerned that we are reaching a tipping point. We cannot afford to wait to deal more consistently and effectively with crime.” The local association, which has a long track record of contributing to community support services, will next share its findings with local officials with the goal of identifying comprehensive solutions.

  • October 31, 2019 2:49 PM | Dana McKeon (Administrator)


    U.S. Congress Considers BOMA-Supported Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension

    On October 11, the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services introduced the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 4634)—a 10-year reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA). TRIA is an effective, low-cost program that has broad popularity in Congress. After some pushback, we believe we have reached a compromise agreement for a 7-year extension of TRIA. Originally enacted in 2002, the TRIA program was reauthorized in 2005, 2007 and 2015. Without congressional action, the program will sunset at the end of 2020.


    TRIA coverage is required for commercial real estate lending, making it a necessary component to transactions. After the events of September 11, 2001, most insurance markets were unable to predict or price terrorism coverage. Enacting TRIA in 2002 made the coverage available to commercial real estate, as well as healthcare, stadium and research facilities.


    The Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism (CIAT), of which BOMA is a member, issued a letter in support of H.R. 4634, and urges Congress to promptly act on this bill. BOMA and the rest of CIAT are working hard to get TRIA reauthorized as far ahead of the 2020 expiration as possible.

  • October 31, 2019 2:48 PM | Dana McKeon (Administrator)


    Florida Fundraisers Get BOMAPAC Closer to Year-End Goal

    Earlier this month, John Bryant, BOMA International’s Vice President of Advocacy & Building Codes, traveled to Florida where he was featured as the keynote speaker at BOMA/Orlando’s monthly luncheon. During the luncheon, the local association hosted its biggest BOMAPAC fundraiser of the year, raising nearly $2,500 for the political action committee! Raising this amount of money is no easy feat and truly was a team effort. Each of BOMA/Orlando’s committees put together gift baskets to be raffled off. There was something for everyone with gifts ranging from golf gear to the perfect tailgating pack. Because this is their biggest fundraiser of the year, the excitement surrounding the fundraiser drew in 175 people!


    In addition to attending BOMA/Orlando’s fundraiser, John Bryant also traveled to BOMA/Jacksonville to speak to their membership about the value of advocacy. After his presentation, he was presented with a $500 contribution to BOMAPAC. These funds were raised by hosting a 50/50 raffle for BOMA/Jacksonville’s members. This is the association's first PAC fundraiser held in recent years, highlighting their increased push to promote advocacy as a member value-add. The contributions from BOMA/Jacksonville and BOMA/Orlando put BOMAPAC well on its way to shattering yet another fundraising record.


    Every dollar raised gets us even closer to the year-end goal of $90,000 in 2019 for BOMAPAC. BOMAPAC is an essential resource for amplifying our voice, increasing our reach and cementing relationships with decision makers in Washington, D.C. Thank you to everyone who helped in organizing the Florida fundraisers—especially Allyson Peters in Orlando and Rick Beaver in Jacksonville—and to those who contributed. We cannot accomplish our legislative goals without your support.

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The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 88 BOMA U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge.​​ 




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