The Builders Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada) announced their support for the “20 by ’15” (20 eKWh/ft2/year in office buildings by the year 2015) national energy consumption target for office buildings introduced earlier the Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac). This is a significant and aggressive target for the Canadian office buildings and, if achieved, the new target would make the Canadian commercial real estate industry a world leader in conservation efforts.
“The environment is one of those rare, transforming issues that affects everyone and can impose real change on a society — and we are not immune to it,” says Ian M. Stewart, Chairman of BOMA Canada. “Our members are committed to achieving significant improvement in energy efficiency and reducing their carbon footprints. This new target is very aggressive, and yes, we can do it.”
“Our members are working hard to improve their energy and environmental performance,” notes BOMA President Diana Osler Zortea. “We know this because we just completed our first-ever BOMA BESt Energy and Environmental Report which analyses member BOMA BESt participant performance for the past three years and the data speaks those efforts. The new target means our BOMA BESt buildings need to attain a further average reduction of 37 per cent in energy consumption. And yes, we are confident we can achieve the goal of 20 by ’15.”