The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada unveiled its newly integrated green building certification program, BOMA BESt, during at a presentation during BOMEX 2008, where twelve buildings from across Canada were recognized for their commitment to operating in an ecologically responsible manner. The past top scoring Go Green Plus building in each province was recognized with the first BOMA BESt certificate.
BOMA BESt combines BOMA’s Go Green and Go Green Plus initiatives. It includes four possible levels of certification, each of which requires full compliance with BOMA’s Best Practices.
BOMA’s Best Practices address areas of significant environmental concern, including: energy and water management; emissions and effluents; waste reduction; the indoor environment; and environmental management systems.
BOMA Canada hopes that the program’s enhanced accessibility and simplified application procedure will better serve the commercial building industry, facilitating performance improvement and helping building owners and managers to reduce their carbon footprint.
To be eligible, a building must meet the minimum requirements as set out in BOMA’s Best Practices (available at www.bomabest.com). Buildings that go beyond the minimum requirements are certified at a higher level. All buildings are verified by third-party assessor.
The program currently focuses on commercial office buildings, but new assessment criteria are being developed for shopping centres, industrial and retail strip developments and multi-unit residential properties.
The first recipients of their BOMA BESt certificates are:
The Manulife Building at 736 Sixth Avenue in Calgary, Alberta
Commerce Place at 10155 102 Street in Edmonton, Alberta
Bentall 5 at 550 Burrard Street in Vancouver, British Columbia
The Brandon Federal Building at 1039 Princess Street in Brandon, Manitoba
The Customs Building at 189 Prince William Street in Saint John, New Brunswick
The John Cabot Building at 10 Barters Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland
The Manulife Financial Business Centre at 2723 Joseph Howe Drive in Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Enterprise Building at 427 Laurier Avenue West in Ottawa, Ontario
Garden City Tower at 301 St. Paul Street in St. Catharines, Ontario
The Daniel J. MacDonald Building at 161 Grafton Street in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
The Centre CDP Capital at 1000 Place Jean-Paul-Riopel in Montreal, Quebec
The Regina Alvin Hamilton Building at 1783 Hamilton Street in Regina, Saskatchewan
Details on all twelve BOMA BESt buildings are available at: www.bomabest.com/news.html.
Details of the BOMA BESt program are available at: www.bomabest.com .