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.
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 Director of Codes & Standards, Steve Orlowski, at email@example.com.
Energize Denver Ordinance Requirements
In December, 2016, the Denver City Council unanimously passed the Energize Denver ordinance aimed at reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by requiring energy benchmarking and transparency in multi-family and commercial buildings.
All large commercial and multifamily buildings are now required to annually assess and report their energy performance using the free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The following deadlines apply:
June 1, 2017, buildings over 50,000 square feet submit annual report
June 1, 2018, buildings over 25,000 square feet submit annual report
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Benchmarking training is also available online or in classroom.
Denver Safety and Security Concerns
On January 23rd, a group of BOMA members met with representatives of the Mayor's office, the Denver Police Department, the City Attorney's office and the Community Planning and Development department to discuss what the city is doing to address the many safety and security concerns in the downtown area. BOMA had submitted a letter to the Mayor outlining many incidences reported by member buildings that had occurred last year and that letter prompted the meeting to discuss the city's response. The Mayor's Office shared a Downtown Denver Report detailing the efforts recently taken, underway or planned in order to address the issues and continue positive momentum.
Denver Approves PACE Program
Denver City Council approved an ordinance to allow the offering of Colorado’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program within the City and County of Denver. C-PACE offers financing options for building energy efficiency and clean energy projects in both new and existing buildings.
Through C-PACE, property owners and developers across Denver will be able to access a new financing tool to invest in energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements. The voluntary program lowers the cost of third-party financing, which is repaid through the property tax assessment process. Participants receive capital to finance eligible improvements, and repayment is collected through the property tax assessment process (a voluntary assessment is placed on the building owner’s property tax bill). The assessment can provide long-term financing of up to 20 years and stays with the property at the time of sale, removing traditional barriers to financing projects with payback cycles longer than two to three years.
For more information, visit http://copace.com/about/
Building owners see: http://copace.com/building-owners/owners-faqs/
If you have additional questions, contact the Director of C-PACE Tracy Phillips at 720-933-8143 or TPhillips@copace.com.
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.
n order for Denver police to enforce the Denver trespass ordinance on private property, the building owner or agent must complete a Denver Police Department Trespass Authorization Form. For more information, contact Vincent Lombardi at the DPD at Vincent.Lombardi2@denvergov.org.
2016 BOMA International Victories
In 2016, BOMA International’s lobbying efforts resulted in a series of historic victories for the commercial real estate industry. The passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 in December included a permanent extension of the 15-year depreciation on qualified leasehold improvements, fixes to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA), and s straight two-year extension of the energy efficiency deduction for commercial buildings. While these are important victories, there were many issues left unsettled in 2016. There is a new administration and the 2017 legislative calendar is hot with issues critical to BOMA International members—now is the time to get involved and get energized!
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