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 Green Roofs Review Task Force agreed on final proposal to take to City Council. All agreed the proposal is a compromise that all can accept because it strengthens the existing ordinance while improving flexibility, allowing each owner of an existing large building and each new builder to find the most cost-effective ways to achieve the benefits of the original Green Roof Ordinance. Here is a link to the final Green Roof Proposal.
The Denver City Council "Special Issues Committee on the Green Roofs Initiative" will meet on October 11, 2018, from 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. to consider an ordinance that is based on the Green Roofs Review Task Force consensus recommendations. The meeting will be open to the public and will have time for public comment. Check the online committee calendar the week before the meeting for copies of the proposed ordinance and background documents.
Any changes to the initiative will require the support of two-thirds of City Council, or nine votes.
Energize Denver Ordinance Requirements
June 1st of every year is the deadline for submitting energy benchmarking reports for your buildings! All buildings over 25,000 square feet in size located within the City and County of Denver are required to submit an annual report. Failure to comply by June 1st will result in a fine.
For 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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