Advocacy on the Local/State/Federal Levels
Your building's BOMA membership saves commercial real estate owners and managers money, which can optimize the value of the assets. As an industry "watchdog," BOMA proactively advocates and provides early notification of issues that could negatively impact your building's or company's bottom lines. Below are recent and current examples of how BOMA's lobbying and advocacy efforts at local, state and national levels benefit you and your buildings.
Denver Green Roof Ordinance
The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is leading a formal stakeholder engagement and public input process to review and possibly modify the Denver Green Roof Ordinance. The city is committed to honoring the will of the voters by meeting or exceeding the benefits that the green roofs ordinance would have for our climate, reduced heat island effect, and storm water management.
DDPHE has formed a Green Roofs Review Task Force of stakeholders to develop recommended modifications, clarifications, and improvements to the initiative through a collaborative, consensus-based process. Denver Metro BOMA has a representative on the task force and BOMA is providing input and suggestions to be shared. The Green Roofs Review Task Force meetings are open to the public to attend.
Energize Denver Ordinance Requirements
Benchmarking the energy performance of a buildings is the first step to understanding and reducing energy consumption because you can’t manage what you don’t measure. All commercial and multifamily buildings over 25,000 sf are now required to annually assess and report their energy performance using the free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The deadline this year is June 1, 2018.
The City will publish building energy performance data each year to enable the market to better value energy efficiency, similar to MPG ratings for cars or nutrition labels on food. Other cities with benchmarking and transparency requirements have seen 2-3 percent energy savings each year by covered buildings. Read the final Denver benchmarking ordinance, supporting documents and the final rule at https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/environmental-health/environmental-quality/Energize-Denver/CommercialMultifamilyBuildingBenchmarking.html#e52d7a61-c137-4261-a1b1-43020b8211ff .
Questions? Call the Energize Denver Help Center at 844-536-4528, available daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., or email EnergizeDenver@denvergov.org.
New OSHA Safety Rules in Effect
Under new safety rules by OSHA that went into effect January 17, 2017, building owners now are responsible for having roof anchors inspected and certified prior to allowing vendors to use them for window cleaning or façade inspections. Certifications must be completed by November 17.
The Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards include a number of other new requirements; building owners and managers should read OSHA's Fact Sheet to understand how the rules will impact their facilities. BOMA International's codes team also has created a useful guide to understanding the new rules.
If you have any questions, contact BOMA International's VP of Government Affairs, John Bryant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asbestos Inspection Requirements
Asbestos, Lead Paint, & Water Service Line inspection requirements will be additional requirements that will soon be required as part of Denver plan review to ensure alignment with the federal and state guidelines. Please be on the lookout for these changes and notify your teams. Click for comprehensive information on asbestos from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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