BOMA Updates Best Practices For Sustainability Through BEPC Contract Model
The Building Owners and Managers Assocation (BOMA) International has just announced the updated version of their groundbreaking BOMA Energy Performance Contracting (BEPC) Model to incorporate new best practices into building maintenance. BEPC was originally created in 2008 by BOMA International in a partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), several major real estate companies and energy service companies (ESCOs).
BEPC Is Updated For Today’s Best Practices
Unfortunately, since the initiative started in 2008 there was not much market emphasis on retro-fitting buildings with new energy-saving technology during the crisis of ’07-’09. Now that the market has vastly improved and recovery is well underway, BOMA is updating and sharing their program more broadly with the commercial real estate world.
A standout for best practice from BPEC: investors are well-advised to be proactive in managing their assets so they can make strategic investments to drive rents and occupancy. Exhaustive management of utility expenses has become a best practice, but many of the older buildings have infrastructure that is approaching or at the end of its useful life, limiting potential to get a handle on all the utility usage information that true best practice calls for.
Gear To The Ground
You can’t manage what you can’t measure, and when it comes to sustainable ant truly controllable energy usage, that means extra equipment. Technology upgrades will be necessary in order for the buildings to remain competitive in today’s market. Such refits can be large capital projects tending toward the complex, carrying a variety of risks. However, the risk of doing nothing is very real, causing rising maintenance costs, utility costs, increasing complaints from tenants and potential tenants. Left unaddressed – especially in a competitive environment, these costs will negatively impact the owner’s bottom line sooner than later.
BOMA International Chair-Elect, Kent C. Gibson, BOMA Fellow, president of Capstone Property Management, LC. was quoted in BOMA’s press release, “BOMA International is pleased to provide building owners with a valuable resource that can help them increase asset value, improve operational efficiency and demonstrate to tenants a commitment to sustainability.” Among these are investigations into technology applications that will help understand what’s really called for to improve building performance and reap the true benefits.
BEPC Designed To Enhance Performance and Efficiency
The BOMA BEPC was designed to manage risk performance, facilitate projects that enhance building’s performance and efficiency and aid in delivering predictable returns on capital projects. BEPC provides a conceptual framework and supporting template documents to help private building operators develop and execute investment-grade retrofits to enhance the value of their properties. BEPC also provides transparency on performance expectations, pricing and a clear guidelines for managing their retrofit project so that the owners meet their goals and finish their projects within their desired timeline.
Since its beginning, BEPC has facilitated projects in more than twenty cities across five continents. The BEPC Model works with a variety of funding models including ESCO or third party, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs and self-financing.