Green Building Practices
Over the last 20 years, there has been a massive paradigm shift in how the public and commercial real estate view the sustainability of the built environment. Building owners not only seek efficient and healthy buildings, but also understand that their buildings’ operations directly impact the surrounding community.
The increased awareness of environmental impacts is partly due to our enhanced ability to quantify the cost and usage of resources such as electricity and water, as well as the impact of activities like waste disposal and construction. As the cost of electricity and water rises, owners are driven to pursue increasingly efficient equipment and methods of operation.
BOMA/GLA LEADS THE INDUSTRY IN PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES AND BALANCED ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES
BOMA/GLA has partnered with a number of organizations to promote the shared goal of enhancing building sustainability.
BOMA/GLA has also played an essential role in the development of environmental legislation. When the state legislature sought to create an energy benchmarking law, BOMA/GLA members supported the idea, but testified as to the logistical difficulties in providing building energy data to comply with the program. Our Sustainability Committee continues to monitor energy and greenhouse gas legislation and maintains a relationship with state Energy Commission.
Locally, BOMA/GLA provided detailed input for the creation of the City of Los Angeles Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency ordinance (EBEWE). Members attended monthly meetings for over a year, and BOMA/GLA leadership was present at the signing of the legislation.
Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge
The LABBC is an elite network of LA’s top performing buildings, a collaborative forum where building owners and managers can share best practices, access personalized advisory services, and gain recognition for exceptional achievements. The LABBC also staffs the City’s Energy & Water Efficiency Resource Center, which is tasked with helping covered buildings navigate the EBEWE ordinance.
Building Skills Partnership - Green Janitor Program
BOMA/GLA is a founding member of the Building Skills Partnership, which trains janitors on green cleaning practices. This unique joint effort with the SEIU educates janitors on methods for identifying wasteful practices that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Title 24 Video Series
BOMA/GLA partnered with the Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison and the LA Department of Water and Power to develop a series of short how-to videos regarding changes to the state’s Title 24 building and energy codes. The Title 24 Energy Code video series helps owners understand the basics of the new state Energy Code. The videos reflect the most current information and include an Introduction, HVAC, Lighting, Building Envelope, Commissioning, and Talking with Your Broker.