The biggest water decision of this generation of Southern Californians was reached October 10th as Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors voted to support a state-federal project to modernize the state water system and help improve supply reliability for the Southland. Metropolitan’s board approved the district’s 26 percent share of financing the California WaterFix project as well as moving forward on a governance structure to build and finance the $17 billion project. Metropolitan’s share is about $4.3 billion.
For many building owners and managers, the decision on the lighting control systems used in tenant improvement projects has been left to the tenants. However, in the past few years, Title 24 regulations requiring continuous dimming, daylighting, plug load control and demand response have increased the cost and complexity of lighting control systems in commercial office space. The increase in complexity has led some owners and managers to begin to enforce building-wide standards.
Members of BOMA/GLA’s Sustainability Committee were briefed this morning by members of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s staff regarding the Building LA Forward program. Its goal is to encourage buildings of all types to integrate advancements and innovations in design, engineering and construction, and take advantage of our buildings’ ability to improve our environment.
Under the City of LA Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance (EBEWE), owners are required to create the initial 2016 Benchmarking Report by November first. To comply, the property owner must enter whole-building electricity, gas, and water data for calendar year 2016 into Energy Star Portfolio Manager, then submit the Benchmarking Report to the LA Department of Building & Safety.
Due to many questions arising around the new waste hauling franchise in the San Fernando Valley, Councilman Mitchell Englander has asked Waste Management Inc., the contracted provider, to hold regular office hours in his Community Service Center in Chatsworth.
To speak with a representative to discuss your concerns, call (818) 882-1212 to set up an appointment.
The W2 Water and Waste Challenge is a two-year initiative to encourage commercial real estate practitioners to benchmark water and waste consumption and associated costs, and to implement common practices to improve water performance and reduce waste.
Town Hall meetings were held in Downtown and the West Side last week to provide details of the program and an opportunity for members to ask questions of Bureau of Sanitation managers and waste haulers. Over 70 members attended these events.
Our member’s questions revealed several important take-aways that owners should be aware of:
The California Energy Commission staff asked to meet with our members to share information about the Title 24 Part 6 state energy standards and how owners can impact the 3-year process for their development. In July, Amie Brousseau of the Cal. Energy Commission met with the Sustainability Committee (in photo above), providing an overview of the Energy Commission’s purpose, the code update process, and important tools available to commercial owners and their consultants.
Here are some key resources for commercial properties:
A few years ago, the County sought to impose parcel “fees” to fund the proposed “Clean Water Clean Beaches” program. The County withdrew that effort in the face of objections that the proposed “fee” would be an illegal “tax.” Now, under the rubric of “Water Resiliency,” the County has sought to sidestep such objections and impose a new tax or fee.
The Metro Board of Directors unanimously approved a plan on July 27th to transition its entire bus fleet to be 100 percent zero emission electric by 2030. This ambitious plan would require the purchase of more than 2,200 vehicles while monitoring the continuous advancements in technology. According to the Southern California AQMD, a transition to zero- and near-zero emission technologies is necessary to meet 2023 and 2032 air quality standards and 2050 climate goals. Metro approved this plan in an effort to meet these standards and improve the air quality in the Los Angeles basin.
LA Sanitation gave a formal presentation and question and answer session today with BOMA/GLA members at Bank of America Plaza downtown. BOMA members were able to hear about the program and the changes in their waste haulers and ask questions about their buildings. For a copy of LA Sanitation's powerpoint, click here!
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) has put forward a recommendation to the Los Angeles City Council to extend the initial benchmarking deadline to November 1, 2017, providing additional time for building owners to comply with the ordinance.
On April 20th, speakers from the City of Los Angeles outlined key elements and timelines for both the waste hauling and sidewalk repair programs. While costs will significantly increase under the franchise waste hauling program, Dan Meyers of LADWP indicated the city is working to provide detailed information and great customer service during the summer roll-out of the program.
A non-profit group called the Energy Network Program held a workshop for city officials recently, and invited BOMA/GLA’s Martha Cox-Nitikman to address the group regarding stakeholder participation in energy benchmarking. Because the revised state benchmarking rules will be coming out this summer, cities officials gathered to learn more about how both public and private buildings can comply. Cox-Nitikman stressed that although the Cal.
On Wednesday April 5th, the Northeast Regional co-hosted a government connect with the City of Burbank. Departments represented including the Burbank Police Department, Burbank Fire Department, Building & Safety Division, Burbank Water & Power, Homeless Services Division, Economic Development among others.