BOMA Henry Chamberlain, President and Chief Operating Officer of BOMA International, talks to Sustainable Business Magazine about the association’s current programs and practises and gives insight into the future of sustainability in the real estate industry. Written by Michael Anjos.
BOMA 360 DESIGNATED BUILDING
ARBORETUM PLAZA I & II, AUSTIN, TX OWNER: STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF OHIO MANAGER: CBRE, INC.
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International was founded in 1907 and represents members of 93 local BOMA associations in the United States, as well as 17 international BOMA affiliates. BOMA members account for nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space, making them not only the oldest, but also the largest organisation of their kind. Henry Chamberlain has worked for the association for over 29 years, first as Director of Communications, and since 2001 as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Chamberlain explains how the association is working tirelessly to promote sustainability. 24 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
BOMA 360 DESIGNATED BUILDING APEX AT LAS COLINAS CROSSING, IRVING, TX OWNER: NET1 LAS COLINAS LP MANAGER: MEANS-KNAUS PARTNERS, LP
“We’re actually promoting sustainability in a lot of different ways. In our magazine you’ll see green articles all the time. We regularly speak on the topic at BOMA conferences and meetings and other industry venues. Sustainability is a big part of what we’ve been working on. It’s definitely at the core of our partnerships with other groups such as the federal government. We also work very closely with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and particularly with it’s ENERGY STAR program. We’re very supportive of performance benchmarking.” BOMA is currently working on a project with the White House called the “Better
Buildings Initiative.” The initiative aims to make commercial and industrial buildings 20% more energy efficient within the next decade. A proposal for the initiative was originally announced back in February 2011 by U.S. President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address. The initiative is just one of many programs BOMA is currently working on in an effort to promote sustainability. ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABILITY One of the programs BOMA has been focusing its efforts on is the BOMA 360 Performance Program, a holistic program