The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada has launched its second BOMA BESt Energy and Environmental Report (BBEER), the purpose of which is to provide an overview of the energy and environmental performance of approximately 300 existing buildings, representing 92.3 million square feet, which were certified between June 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 based on the BOMA BESt assessment, Levels 2 to 4.
The report’s key findings indicate an increase in BOMA BESt scores showing that the program plays a significant role in improving the performance of Canada’s commercial building stock. The overall energy intensity average for BOMA BESt certified buildings is 31.85 equivalent kilowatt hour per square foot per year (ekWh/sq.ft./yr), which is lower than the national average of 36.65 ekWh/sq.ft./yr. The BBEER report also provides values by building size, age and region. In addition, the report identifies the percentage of buildings that have implemented retrofits, incorporated energy and water efficient features and have strong environmental management practices and policies in place.
An electronic copy of the 2010 BOMA BESt Energy and Environmental Report can be downloaded from the BOMA BESt website at: www.bomabest.com.