A groundbreaking agreement between BOMA International and BOMA Canada brings BOMA BEST, a building certification program that originated in Canada, to the US marketplace targeting a wider base of buildings.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — “BOMA BEST is truly a marker that a building is going above and beyond in their operations. BOMA BEST Sustainable Buildings will be a huge addition to BOMA International’s suite of sustainability offerings, while BEST Smart is going to make sure that the US marketplace stays on the cutting edge of technological advancements in the built environment,” said BOMA International’s Chairman Randal Froebelius “This partnership with BOMA Canada has the potential to position BOMA BEST as not only a premier North American building certification, but a global one as well.”
BOMA BEST is a thorough process that requires on-site verification and considerable data submission. This makes for a trusted and verified certification program that portfolio managers and tenants alike can be sure is a signifier of operational excellence.
Additionally, the verification itself provides the property management team with engagement and access to a highly qualified verifier expert. Beyond the BEST verification, the verifier will offer advice and insights in overall building operations elements.
Myron Keehn, CEO of Edmonton International Airport and Chair of BOMA Canada said of the deal, “Our partnership with BOMA International to drive BOMA BEST into the United States is a milestone achievement for our sister organizations. Together, we are building a stronger, better and greener BOMA for members on both sides of our shared border.”
Through rigorous reporting and on-site verification, buildings of all classes and sizes are given a score that places them in a range between BOMA BEST Baseline and BOMA BEST Platinum. This tiered ranking approach ensures that the certification is accessible to every commercial and institutional building on the planet, irrespective of where it is on its sustainability or technological journey. In fact, buildings which begin their certification journey at a lower threshold can continue to use key features of the BOMA BEST hub to plan investments and innovations and, thereby, ascend to a higher threshold.
BOMA BEST was created in 2005, and the latest version, BOMA BEST 4.0 has two programs currently, with a third on the way. BOMA BEST Sustainable Building’s mission statement is “To make buildings more sustainable by providing a road map on how to decarbonize, reduce water and waste, retrofit for accessibility and equity, and navigate climate risk.”
BOMA BEST Smart Building’s mission statement is “To guide owners and managers on digital transformation within the built environment to optimize operations, drive sustainability, create unique user experiences, and deliver financial value to their stakeholders and customers.” It is this unique combination that makes BOMA BEST programs so attractive to building owners and managers, and a third stream, focusing on Healthy Buildings, is under development.
“The agreement to bring BOMA BEST to the United States, beyond countries like China and Mexico, is a great opportunity for BOMA International to expand its repertoire of building certifications and awards” said Henry Chamberlain, President & COO of BOMA International. “BOMA BEST is another high-performance, GRESB certified program added to our menu of offerings including BOMA 360 to support member companies.” Benjamin Shinewald, President and CEO of BOMA Canada said, “the BOMA International-BOMA Canada partnership will not just make BOMA buildings greener, smarter and healthier, but will also help BOMA members around the world succeed in their jobs, build their careers and deepen their impact.”
Hakan Ozsancak, BOMA International, (202) 326-6352, [email protected]
SOURCE BOMA International