BOMA Austin Rolls Out Energy Efficiency Program: Building Managers Work to Cut Energy Costs by 30 Percent

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BOMA Austin says it wants to cut energy costs in capital-area office buildings by 30 percent as part of a new energy efficiency initiative developed by the BOMA Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

BOMA Austin says it wants to cut energy costs in capital-area office buildings by 30 percent as part of a new energy efficiency initiative developed by the BOMA Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Austin-based affiliate of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) says the BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP), a collaborative effort with the EPA’s Energy Star Program, educates building managers on no- and low-cost strategies for significantly reducing their energy usage.

BOMA Austin will work with members to implement best practices outlined by BEEP so Austin commercial buildings use 30 percent less energy by increasing energy efficiency.

“BOMA International has identified energy efficiency as a top priority for the commercial real estate industry,” said Robert Ledbetter, President, BOMA Austin. “We’re excited that BOMA Austin is embracing these new best practices. BEEP strategies can save owners 30 percent on their largest, fixed operational expense, and reduce pollution caused by energy usage.”

The commercial office building industry spends approximately $24 Billion annually on energy costs, the single largest controllable operating expense for office buildings. The BEEP program estimates a 30 percent reduction in energy consumption, or $7.2 Billion, is readily achievable by improving building operating standards.

BOMA plans to launch BEEP educational programs nationwide in March 2006. The program consists of six 90-minute seminars delivered as live and Web-support offerings. The first three programs were successfully piloted in 2005.

In addition to launching BEEP, BOMA International supports tax incentives for energy efficiency upgrades and calls on Congress to consider conservation and demand-side management tools, to address the growing energy challenge.

BOMA Austin

BOMA Austin, the Austin-based affiliate of the Building Owners and Managers Association International, is a non-profit, member-driven organization that promotes the highest ethical and professional standards in the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, networking and education. Serving the Greater Austin-area, including Round Rock and San Marcos, BOMA Austin is composed of 300 members who own or manage more than 33 million square feet of office, industrial, retail and institutional properties.

BOMA Austin represents owners, managers, suppliers of goods and services, and the professionals insuring the health, safety, comfort and productive environment of commercial structures.

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