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ICC Hearings Now Underway

BOMA International's code advocacy team is hard at work in Memphis, Tennessee, for the 12-day International Code Council (ICC) hearings, leading BOMA's efforts to advance the commercial real estate industry's position on nearly 1,700 proposed code changes. During the first few days of hearings, BOMA's team scored a number of significant wins by giving testimony, advancing new proposals that would benefit commercial real estate and opposing proposals that would be detrimental to the industry. BOMA will report the results of the hearings in the weeks to come.

Keep up with the latest developments in Memphis by following BOMA's code advocacy team, Kevin Fry and Steve Orlowski, on Twitter @BOMACodes or watching the hearings live on the ICC website.

BOMA's code work has saved the CRE industry $6.00 per square foot during the last two codes cycles. BOMA's advocacy on codes alone saves each of our members much more than the cost of their annual dues.


Tenant Star Heads to the President's Desk

On April 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015" (S. 535) with bipartisan support. The bill is also known as the "mini" Shaheen-Portman after its co-sponsors and longtime supporters, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who introduced the scaled-down bill after a previous version failed to pass earlier this year.

S. 535, which had passed in the Senate by a voice vote in the early hours of March 27, aims to create "Tenant Star," a free and voluntary program that would allow commercial real estate tenants to benchmark their energy efficiency and earn recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This legislation is intended to replicate the success of the ENERGY STAR® program that allows building owners and managers to benchmark their buildings through the EPA's Portfolio Manager® tool and earn ENERGY STAR certification. BOMA International supports this no-mandate, no-cost program as it would advance energy efficiency through reduced regulatory burden, increase transparency and reward tenants who make saving energy a priority.

The Tenant Star legislation now moves to President Obama's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law. 

BOMA International is an industry leader in the energy and sustainability field. In addition to advocating for this legislation, BOMA International just received its 8th Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award.




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