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.
Earth Hour 2017 was held last March 25th, and buildings around L.A. dimmed lights in support of energy conservation and sustainable practices. BOMA member buildings with over 26 million square feet of space worked collaboratively with tenants to turn down non-essential lights both inside and out.
Twenty-eight BOMA member buildings participated this year, the same number as in 2016. BOMA/GLA would like to thank all the managers for working to make this a special evening. A list of participants is listed below:
At their recent meeting, the BOMA/GLA Government Affairs Committee reviewed key legislation, including Senate Bill 213 (Hertzberg), which would change the definition of “sewer” in Prop. 218 to allow cities to levy fees. While some cities struggle to maintain and repair their sewer systems, BOMA/GLA and BOMA California, our state advocate, believe there are other funds available for these services, and that fee increases contribute to the high cost of doing business in the state.
This Saturday, March 25th from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, is Earth Hour. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office is encouraging all businesses to dim their non-essential lighting to bring awareness to the need for saving our resources for future generations. Over 30 buildings participated last year in Earth Hour. Help us exceed that number in 2017! Click here for an updated flyer which includes a city-sponsored event downtown.
BOMA International held their annual Winter Business meeting in San Diego last week, and managers from around the country gained insight into the massive political changes in Washington, DC, as well as updates on energy and water efficiency, emergency preparedness, and building codes.
Congressman Scott Peters noted that Republicans are looking at significant tax code changes, and that there may be some support from moderate Democrats. BOMA is lobbying for the retention of Section 1031 on Like Kind Exchanges and carried interest.
BOMA/GLA was invited to participate in a ceremony for the signing of the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on December 15th. (In the photo above center, from left to right, are L.A.
The LA City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee reviewed the LA Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency ordinance last week and BOMA/GLA was there to lend our support. Martha Cox-Nitikman, in the photo above, testified that the ordinance struck a crucial balance between mandatory compliance with benchmarking requirements and technical and financial support by LADWP to assist owners in increasing energy and water efficiency.
BOMA/GLA has learned that the LADWP Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Program (EETAP) will be suspended for improvements and redesign effective October 1, 2016. The program will not accept new applications received after September 30, and all applications received prior to this date will be processed. The Department anticipates this to be a temporary program suspension and expect to resume in the first quarter of 2017.
The condensed format of the BOMA/GLA Sustainability seminar held August 4th provided hands-on information managers need to know to lower energy and water usage and prepare for more restrictive state and local requirements.
Not able to attend this great event? Check out these amazing handouts from our regional experts:
In response to industry supported legislation (AB 2282), two state agencies have kicked off workshops to develop regulations that will specify when and where new building construction must include piping for recycled water (purple pipe). Specifically, AB 2282 (Gatto) directs the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the Building Standards Commission (BSC) to adopt building standards requiring piping for recycled water that is produced by a local water recycling facility. The first set of mandatory building standards are expected to take effect on July 1, 2018. It shou