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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.


Current Advocacy

Vote NO on Denver's Green Roof Initiative

Wednesday, October 18, 2017  


Vote No on I-300 Green Roof Initiative

I-300 is WRONG for Denver 

In November 2017, Denver residents will be asked to vote on I-300—the “Green Roof Initiative.” This initiative will be detrimental to Denver for years to come.

The Denver Post Editorial Board on March 14, 2017 came out against a green roof mandate saying: “Green roofs should not be mandated by a highly prescriptive law, as supporters of the ballot measure are proposing.”

In a story on March 5, 2017, The Denver Post stated that “Rules would be among most stringent in U.S.” and that “Denver updated its building code last year. The Department of Community Planning and Development was hesitant to pursue a green roof mandate.”

If I-300 passes in November

Denver housing costs will continue to skyrocket. This mandate would drive up building and maintenance costs, which will be passed-on as higher rents and higher housing costs, putting housing further out-of-reach for many families.

New construction and replaced roofs would be required to install green roofs rather than given the option. Green roofs should not be a mandate on all new construction and replaced roofs. We should be given the choice and incentives for those who decide they want to have a green rooftop. Do NOT gamble away Denver’s future with a harmful mandate that does not allow for any flexibility.

Learn more at Citizens for a Responsible Denver


Energize Denver Ordinance Requirements

The first Energize Denver benchmarking reporting deadline has been extended. All Denver buildings over 50,000 square feet need to submit their annual benchmarking report. 

The following deadlines apply:

  • September 1, 2017, buildings over 50,000 square feet submit annual report (deadline was June 1st, now in 90-day grace period)
  • Buildings still in non-compliance at the end of the 90-day grace period will be assessed a penalty of $2,000.
  • June 1, 2018, buildings over 25,000 square feet submit annual report

Click here for details on complying. If you have any questions about how to benchmark your building please call the Help Center  at 1-844-536-4528. 

For more information, go to  
Benchmarking training is also available online or in classroom.


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 jbryant@boma.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.

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! 


Past Advocacy 


2017 Annual Partners