BOMA BESt program a priority for Association President in year one

When Benjamin Shinewald joined BOMA Canada in early 2012 as the association’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, he took no time in laying the groundwork for the continued success of the Association’s marquee program, the Building Environmental Standards (BOMA BESt) program.

BOMA BESt was launched in 2005 by BOMA Canada to address an industry need for realistic standards for energy and environmental performance of existing buildings based on accurate, independently verified information.

Armed with the continued support of the volunteer Board and eleven local BOMA chapters, the association’s CEO plans to maximize the value of the program and expand.

The hiring of Hazel Sutton, Manager of Environmental Standards, prior to Benjamin’s arrival was followed by a lengthy recruitment process for the Director of Environment and Energy, John Smiciklas. Together, the new BOMA BESt team will grow BOMA Canada’s leading energy and environmental certification program.

The annual BOMA BESt Energy & Environmental Report (commonly known as the BBEER Report) highlights issues of importance to the commercial real estate industry and is a leading resource for best practices in efficient and effective building management and operation. Featured in the report are BOMA BESt certified buildings from across the country along with performance benchmarks on the state of the commercial real estate industry across the six key areas of environmental performance and management. BOMA Canada is currently consulting with stakeholders in preparation for the next BBEER, which will be presenting 2012 building data.

A Tenant Engagement Toolkit is being developed with the help of numerous stakeholders to provide building owners and managers across Canada with the resources needed to reach out to building tenants and visitors and engage them in environmental efforts.

In addition to assessment surveys for several asset types including office and light industrial buildings, retail plazas, and shopping centres and a brand new assessment survey for multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), BOMA Canada is getting close to rolling out a health care module.

To further support the program BOMA Canada most recently launched its BOMA BESt Strategic and BOMA BESt Technical Committees and looks forward to the guidance and technical support these two national committees will provide moving forward.

The newly launched National Advisory Council (NAC), an exclusive network of senior commercial real estate leaders providing the Officers and Board of BOMA Canada with strategic perspective on the state and trends of the real estate industry, will also serve as an invaluable resource for the program.

BOMA Canada’s annual conference and exhibition BOMEX® will be held October 1-3, 2013 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and will offer strategies and solutions of interest to those pursuing building excellence. The National Awards Gala, held during the same time, will recognize outstanding buildings from across the country. BOMA BESt is now a mandatory entry requirement for the awards.

With over 1,537 currently certified buildings (as at December 31, 2012), BOMA BESt has more energy and environmental third-party verified data for existing buildings than any other program in North America. BOMA BESt continues to help many building owners and managers realize greater energy and water efficiencies for their buildings, improve the sustainability of Canada’s built environment, and the quality of life for building occupants – a priority shared by countless stakeholders across Canada.

About BOMA Canada:

Established in 1944, BOMA Canada is a dynamic federation comprised of over 3,200 members in the industry representing over 2.1 billion square feet in office space in Canada. As a Federation, BOMA Canada has 11 local associations located in 9 provinces across Canada, two of which are based in Alberta and Ontario. BOMA facilitates national initiatives and the exchange of ideas that support its member associations in the promotion of education, advocacy, recognition of excellence and networking. For more info visit

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