Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BOMA California Advocacy Update - EV Charging Station Mandate Proposed

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Mandate

Last week, a bill in the California State Legislature, AB 2565, was amended to require that at least one percent of parking stalls have an electric vehicle charging station installed for all lots with 51 or more spaces. 

BOMA California has received member feedback regarding, costs, operational issues, loss of use, ADA issues, and feasibility of compliance, and is working with the author to detail the issues related the proposed mandate.  Although BOMA members understand that a growing number of electric vehicles are on the road - a good thing considering that they promote environmental sustainability - it would be prudent to allow for data-driven market solutions to this issue.  

EV-Ready Building Standard Proposals

In response to an Executive Order issued by the Governor in late-2012, the Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) and the Building Standards Commission (BSC) are moving forward with regulations to require EV-Ready building standards starting in July of 2015. 

Instead of installing fully operational (and costly) charging stations for electric vehicles, these building standards would be limited to items that would facilitate the later installation of the charging stations at a significantly reduced cost. 

For example, all new homes will be required to have an electrical panel with enough empty plug slots to allow for the later installation of EV charging equipment. In addition, there will also need to be 1-inch wide conduit (piping) for the later installation of the wiring connecting the electrical panel with a point in the garage. For apartment complexes having more than 16 units and commercial projects, similar requirements for electrical panels and conduit will apply to 3% of the parking spaces.

At least six legislative measures have been introduced in the Legislature to help the State of California understand the demand for EV charging infrastructure going forward and how to meet it. As an industry, BOMA views these measures as positive steps for environmentally sustainable transportation in California. 

The regulatory process will start in April and adoption is expected this summer with the standard applying to projects whose permit applications are submitted to the local building department on or after July 1, 2015.

Now's Your Chance to Nominate an Outstanding Small Business in Your Commercial Building

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Join the San Francisco Small Business Network (SFSBN), on May 1st as they celebrate their 30th year advocating for San Francisco's small businesses.  BOMA San Francisco members have participated with this respected organization for many years and are excited for the next 30 years!

The SFSBN will be honoring outstanding small business entrepreneurs and advocates they host more than 200 business leaders along with San Francisco officials in the Marine's Memorial Grand Ball Room.  It'll be an festive evening with cocktails, great mingling, guest speakers, tributes, laughter, and fun.

SFSBN has these award categories and more that capture the City's spirit of innovation and history of success: 
  • Influential Individual
  • Influential Organization
  • Outstanding Innovation
  • The Pat Christensen Life Time Achievement Award 
Nominees qualify based on their level of innovation of a product or service, contribution to neighborhood or business communities, longevity and stability, best business practices, exemplary human resources commitment, and outstanding advocacy.

This is your chance to nominate those superb individuals, businesses and advocates that make our member buildings thrive. Download and complete the nomination form, then submit by email to Kieron Sinnette

THEN, party with SFSBN and your winners on May 1st ORDER TICKETS ONLINE NOW.

Monday, March 31, 2014

BOMA San Francisco Political Action Committee Update - June 3, 2014 Election

BOMA San Francisco Members:

The BOMA San Francisco Political Action Committee has been working diligently to promote good government in San Francisco.  The following is a brief update of the BOMA SF-PAC board members' efforts regarding the June 3, 2014 Statewide Direct Primary Election.  
  • Proposition B - OPPOSE
    • Waterfront Height Limit Initiative
    • Rationale
      • The initiative undermines longstanding civic planning efforts to improve the waterfront and seeks to take away uniform protections of the bay and view from the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. 
      • It jeopardizes 3,700 housing units, most of which are apartments. The City and County of San Francisco is in need of more housing to accommodate demand and to reduce the upward pressure on rents for our workforce.
      • The measure risks shorting the City some $8 billion in tax revenues from development of the waterfront and may result in losing the opportunity to create 60,000 new jobs. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

San Francisco's Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance - Compliance Data By Parcel

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Our partner in environmental sustainability, the San Francisco Department of Environment (DOE) has provided compliance data for the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance.
Please note that 'Benchmark 2012 Status' refers to the benchmark reports due in 2013 about energy use in 2012, and 'Energy Audit Status' is if an energy audit had come due, was it submitted?

Questions?  Please contact or (415) 355-3700

About the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance

This data is available, as required, by the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors and signed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee in February 2011.

The ordinance requires owners of non-residential buildings over 10,000 square feet to annually benchmark and disclose the energy performance of their buildings, using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Portfolio Manager tool to obtain ENERGY STAR ratings when possible.

2009 Existing Commercial Buildings Task Force - BOMA San Francisco's Involvement 

In February 2009, then Mayor Gavin Newsom created the Existing Buildings Efficiency Initiative Task Force (Task Force), co-chaired by BOMA San Francisco's 2013 president Steven Ring, to recommend policies and actions to improve the energy efficiency of existing commercial buildings in San Francisco. The Task Force continued the work of the 2007 Green Buildings Task Force that was convened by the Mayor to develop expanded green building standards for major new private construction projects in San Francisco.

The Task Force report identified seven areas as key factors to improving energy efficiency in existing commercial buildings.  The Task Force's recommendations provided the framework for the City and County of San Francisco to introduce and enact the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance.

BOMA San Francisco's applauds its members and the City and County of San Francisco for leading  in environmental sustainability and stewardship.  BOMA members look forward to partnering with the City of San Francisco achieve it's future environmental goals.  Indeed, the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance is a manifestation of a true private/public agency partnership.

BOMA San Francisco Members Meet with California Assemblymember Marc Levine

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Recently, Anne Hill with Bentley Holdings and Mina Rad with Woodmont Real Estate Services joined BOMA staff at a meeting with Assemblymember Marc Levine at his San Rafael office.  

From L to R: A. Hill; M. Levine; T. Brubaker; M. Rad; K. Cleaveland
Topics discussed at this gathering included:
  • The selection of a new California State Assembly Speaker;
  • The use of recycled water for livestock;
  • The progress for state electric vehicle charging station standards;
  • Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART);
  • E-cigarettes the Ellis Act and much more. 
Both Anne Hill and Mina Rad invited Mr. Levine to tour their respective commercial office properties.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Deadline for Innovative EARTH Awards Application Extended to Thursday, March 27th

BOMA San Francisco Members:

BOMA’s Bay Area EARTH Award has been renamed the Innovative EARTH Award and the deadline to apply for it has been extended to March 27th.

By shifting the focus of the contest to innovations only, this dynamic new program will allow BOMA members the opportunity to highlight the innovative measures BOMA San Francisco and BOMA Oakland East Bay members are implementing in pursuit of environmental sustainability in the commercial real estate industry.

The application is quick, easy to complete, and limited documentation is required.  Any BOMA member may participate.  


Innovations should seek to address these issues within the building:
  • Energy conservation;
  • Waste diversion;
  • Water conservation;
  • Hazardous materials management;
  • Transportation;
  • Tenant education;
  • Or, any other new and interesting sustainable practice. 
An example of an Innovative EARTH Award entry might be a vegetable garden for tenants, or a tenant carpool or vanpool coordinated by the building.

Applications for BOMA’s new Innovative Earth Award are due March 24, 2014 and will be reviewed by BOMA San Francisco's Energy and Environment Committee. Winners will be announced at the BOMA Innovative Earth Award luncheon on April 24, 2014.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

San Francisco Police Department ALERT Program - Call for Volunteers

BOMA San Francisco Members:

The Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) is a citizen disaster preparedness program designed for volunteers 16 years of age or older, who live, work, or attend high school in San Francisco.  ALERT is administered through the San Francisco Police Department and it is modeled after the San Francisco Fire Department's successful Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) program.  


The goal of the program is to locate, train, and then coordinate volunteers to safely perform essential tasks after a major disaster. Such tasks might include: 
  • Traffic control
  • Foot patrol of business and residential areas
  • Reporting criminal activity
  • Looting and property damage observation
  • Supplying information to the incident Command Post
  • Working in partnership with NERT volunteers to provide well-being checks
  • Assisting with medical aid
  • Assisting with Command Post functions
  • Assisting Animal Care and Control in the handling of pets
  • Securing resource locations
  • Delivering logistical supplies
In addition, ALERT members will direct individuals to mass casualty and shelter locations, assist at reunification centers, provide support at schools for reunification, and participate in Operation Return.

Call for Volunteers

Volunteers will receive training from both the San Francisco Fire Department and the San Francisco Police Department. ALERT volunteers will first complete NERT training and then graduate into an 8 hour Police Department course specifically designed for ALERT team members. The ALERT program will have Basic, Senior, and Supervisory level positions. Based upon the volunteer’s level of additional training, he/she may wish to obtain Senior or Supervisory level status.

If you're interested, please click here and follow the instructions to become a SFPD ALERT team member.

BOMA Members Support Electronic Cigarette Legislation

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BOMA San Francisco Members,

UPDATE - March 20, 2014

At their most recent meeting, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation introduced by Supervisors Eric MarJohn AvalosDavid Chiu, and Norman Yee to regulate electronic cigarettes.  The details can be reviewed here and in the January 30, 2014 blog post, below.  The measure will be reviewed once more by the Board on March 25, 2014 and then it will be sent to Mayor Ed Lee for his consideration and possible signature.

At the February meeting of BOMA San Francisco's Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC), BOMA members voted to support the measure.


Original Post - January 30, 2014

Electronic cigarettesor e-cigarettes, are not regulated in San Francisco at present.  Supervisors Eric MarJohn Avalos and David Chiu introduced an ordinance that would amend the San Francisco Health Code to:
  • Prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes where smoking is otherwise prohibited; 
  • Require a tobacco permit for the sale of electronic cigarettes; 
  • And prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes where the sale of tobacco products is otherwise prohibited.
BOMA San Francisco's Advocacy Team and Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC) are currently reviewing the legislation.  More information on our members' position will be reported soon.  Please contact for any questions you may have.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BOMA San Francisco Members Learn About High-Rise Emergencies & How To Maintain Control

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BOMA San Francisco Members:

An incident in or around your commercial high-rise building can escalate and make for a chaotic situation. This is true regardless of the type of emergency: a fire; demonstration on your sidewalk; or, an earthquake.  Indeed, BOMA San Francisco members recently learned how to maintain control on the property during any emergency at a FREE workshop.

This event, produced by BOMA San Francisco Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) members delivered important information to high-rise building owners, managers, security directors, and vendors that conveyed the importance of devising a plan to:
  • Make the most appropriate decisions in an emergency;
  • Enhance communication with tenants, visitors and emergency responders;
  • And, maintain thorough records for insurance purposes.

BOMA members also learned about the importance of an Incident Command Center (ICC) model as a way to respond any emergency effectively.  Using examples from real incidents, Lee Yurman (above and at left), Security and Fire Safety Director for the Post Montgomery Center, explained how they use their ICC to plan and train for the best outcomes to the worst situations.

Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop and stay tuned for more free preparedness educational opportunities from the EPC in 2014.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Have You Heard About Energy Benchmarking for Commercial Buildings?

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Non-profit communications firm Resource Media, is conducting a survey of building owners and managers of commercial properties in the range of 20k to 50k square feet.   This effort is part of their research to help cities best communicate with building owners about energy benchmarking programs.

The online survey takes less than ten minutes to complete, and those who finish it will be have a chance to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards. Your input will help municipalities design better outreach and communication efforts for existing building energy benchmarking programs like in San Francisco.