Friday, May 27, 2011

Call to Action! Oppose CA Assembly Bill 350

Attention BOMA San Francisco Members:

The commercial real estate industry is facing a continued threat from Assembly Bill 350 (AB 350) introduced by Assemblymember Jose Solario (D, Santa Ana) in the California Legislature. This measure has the possibility of being voted on the Assembly Floor as early as May 31, 2011.

What Will This Bill Do, If Enacted?

This bill would extend existing law requiring janitorial contractors to retain employees who were employed at the site by the previous contractor for at least 60 days to an additional number of services utilized by building owners, including security, building maintenance, landscaping, and window cleaning.

BOMA California needs your help! Please take a moment to fax a letter, write an email, or call the California Assemblymembers and Senators (contact if information, below) to express your opposition to this legislation NO LATER THAN CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON MAY 31, 2011.

Why Oppose This Measure?

1. It ties management's hands forcing them to retain workers from a previous employer, and undermining California's at-will employment presumption;

2. It extends the current Displaced Janitor law from 60 days to 90 days;

3. It ensures that the incumbent union will remain the bargaining representative under the "successor employer" doctrine - regardless of whether the successor employer has a collective bargaining agreement or not. The decision to unionize a business should be made following the procedures outlined in the National Labor Relations Act, and not forced on either party, employer or employee, through legislation;

4. This legislation would pass on the liability of employing undocumented workers to successor employers, thus potentially forcing employers to break Federal law to comply with State law.

Who Should I Contact?
A sample letter can be downloaded by clicking here. A short backgrounder/fact sheet is available for your use by clicking here.

UPDATE: San Francisco Mobile Food Facilities Permits + Public Hearing on June 8th

Click here to download a detailed version of the Mobile Food Facility Permits map

BOMA San Francisco Members:

UPDATE - As of May 27, 2011

Click here to review the notice for a public hearing on June 8, 2011, located at City Hall, Room 400 starting at 9:00 a.m.  The hearing concerns the MFF's at the following locations:
  • 1 Bush Street
  • 101 California Street
  • 25 Beale Street
  • 2600 Mission Street
  • 3062 16th Street
  • 312 Divisadero Street
  • 351 California Street
  • 50 Fremont Street
  • 58 Main Street
All interested parties are encouraged to attedn the public hearing regarding the subject permits. Persons unable to attend the public hearing may submit written comments regarding the proposed MMF permits by following the instructions in the notice.

We've also received three new MFF requests:

Any interested party may request additional information or file an objection to the proposed MFF by contacting, in writing, or in person, the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street-Use and Mapping, 875 Stevenson Street, Room 460, San Francisco, CA 94103 or by telephone at (415) 554-5810.

If you are a potential interested party within 300 foot radius of the proposed location, you have the right to object to the issuance of the Mobile Food Facility Permit. To exercise your rights, you must provide written objection within thirty (30) calendar days of the date of the letters to the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping, 875 Stevenson Street, Room 460, San Francisco, CA 94103 Attn: Mobile Food Facility expressing your concerns and objections. Your envelope must be postmarked no later than date listed in the letter.

A Look Ahead: Transbay Demolition and Construction Activities


BOMA San Francisco Members:

Weekend Work (5/28/11 – 5/30/11):

This weekend shoring preparation and fill activities will continue in the east lot on Saturday, May 28 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM between Beale and Fremont Streets.

Minna Street: Underground utility work and road repairs will continue on Minna Street between First and Second Street from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Local access to Minna Street will be granted.

Weekday Work (5/31/11 – 6/3/11):

Weekday work will take place between Tuesday, May 31 and Friday, June 3. All contractors will work between the hours of 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM. Activities will include:

Trenching: Work will continue at the east and center transit center sites and will continue through Friday, June 3 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:30 PM.

Shoring & Excavation Prep: Work will continue at the east, central and west transit center sites and will continue through the end of May between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:30 PM.

Demolition: Demolition work will continue through Friday, June 3 along Natoma Street between First and Second Streets between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM, and on the old bus ramp footings between Howard and Harrison Street. Demolition work will continue on selected buildings along Natoma Street. Demolition activities also include Crusher/Conveyors to stockpile fill at the west transit center site.

Underground Utilities/ Trenching Work:

Minna Street (from First to Second Streets): Utilities work, sidewalk and pavement repairs.

Natoma Street (from Fremont to First Streets): Dewatering well drilling, trenching, utilities work and road pavement repairs.

Second, First, Fremont and Beale Streets (from Mission to Howard Streets): Underground utilities work, sidewalk and pavement repairs.

Detours, Street and Sidewalk Closures:

The following streets will be temporarily impacted due to project activities. So you can plan ahead please review the affected streets below:

Folsom Street: Installation of street lamps along the Folsom Street sidewalk will will begin Tuesday, May 31 and continue until Friday, June 3. This work will partially impact a portion of the Folsom Street sidewalk in the area of the Mexican Consulate.

Fremont Street: Fremont Street will have a long term change to traffic lanes reduced from four down to three between Howard and Mission Streets. The eastern bus lane will be eliminated for the duration of shoring wall preparation along the east side of Fremont Street. The east sidewalk of Fremont Street will remain closed. Pedestrians must use the west side of Fremont Street until further notice.

First Street: Lane restrictions will remain on First Street between Mission and Howard Streets between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

Beale Street: Lane restrictions will remain on Beale Street between Mission and Howard Streets between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

Natoma Street: Lane restrictions and parking prohibition will be in effect Natoma between First and Fremont Street from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Local access will be granted via Fremont Street; cars may exit at First Street.

A portion of Natoma Street's south sidewalk, in between First and Second Streets, will be impacted due to continued trenching work this week.

Minna Street: Lane restrictions and parking prohibition will continue on Minna between First and Second Street from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Local access to Minna Street will be granted via First Street; cars may exit off of Minna at Second Street.

What to Expect Next Weekend (6/4/11 - 6/5/11):

Beale Street: Underground utility work will continue on Beale Street and at the intersection of Howard and Beale Streets Saturday, June 4 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Detours and lane restrictions will be in effect.

Minna Street: Underground utility work and paving activities will continue on Minna Street between First and Second Streets Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Local access to Minna Street will be granted.

Main Transit Center Site: Shoring preparation and demolition activities will continue in the east lot on Saturday, June 4 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM between Beale and Fremont Streets.

The Crusher/Conveyors will be in operation this weekend Saturday, June 4 at the west transit center site between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM.


Should you have any general questions about the Transbay Transit Center Project, please call Courtney Lodato or Adam Alberti, Transbay Outreach Team, at: (415) 227-9700 or via e-mail at:

Construction Hotline:

If you have any urgent questions regarding site-specific demolition or construction activities, please call the construction activity number: (415) 409-TJPA (8572).


Please continue to check our website for the most up to date schedule of activities at:

Public Transit:

The TJPA encourages the use of public transportation. Please click on the link provided to assist in all of your public transportation travel needs: or visit

Reminder: Community Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 to learn more about the remaining demolition activities, utility relocation, shoring wall construction, street closures and hours of activity. The community meeting will be held from 12:00 noon until 1:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the TJPA’s offices located at 201 Mission Street, Suite 2100.

What: Community Meeting: Transbay Demolition and Construction Update

When: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Time: 12:00 Noon

Where: Transbay Joint Powers Authority

201 Mission Street, Suite 2100

San Francisco, CA 94105

Thursday, May 26, 2011

UPDATE: Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance

BOMA San Francisco Members:

UPDATE - May 26, 2011

Barry Hooper with the San Francisco Department of Environment recently spoke about the requirements of this ordinance at the PG&E Pacific Energy Center.  Please click here to review the presentation. 

UPDATE - February 10, 2011

Please click here to view an overview flowchart and implementation timeline for this ordinance.


UPDATE - February 9, 2011

The Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance unanimously passed it's second reading at the Board of Supervisors meeting on February 8, 2011.  The measure is expected to be signed by Mayor Ed Lee.  

Please click here for the final version of the ordinance and here for a press release from the San Francisco Department of the Environment.


UPDATE - February 2, 2011

The Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance was considered by the Board of Supervisors at their weekly meeting on February 1, 2011 and passed on its first reading; final passage of the measure is expected at their next Board meeting on February 8, 2011.


UPDATE - January 24, 2011

The members of the Board of Supervisors' Land Use & Economic Development Committee voted unanimously to send the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance - as amended on December 13, 2010 (see our previous post, below) - to the full Board of Supervisors for their consideration. 

Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team will monitor the progress of the legislation and report any updates on the blog.

Please send any feedback you man have to Ken Cleaveland at and John Bozeman at


UPDATE - December 15, 2010

The Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee met for the second time this month on Monday, December 13, 2010 to discuss the details of the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance ordinance.

Please click here to read the Ordinance and here for the Legislative Digest.

This ordinance, the most comprehensive of any city in the nation, will require all commercial buildings in San Francisco to be benchmarked and audited within THREE years, and to report that information to the San Francisco Department of the Environment. We had originally worked out a compromise of 5 years for both the initial benchmarking/audit and a 5 years recertification requirement for same. That was changed to three years for the initial audit, with the recertification/audit update requirement staying at 5 years. The 18 months to begin compliance was also reduced to 12 months. Both of these amendments were suggested by Board of Supervisors President, David Chiu. Chiu has now added his name to the Mayor's as a co-sponsor of the legislation.

The Department of the Environment presented a scenario for ramping up the benchmarking/audit requirement on existing buildings within a three year period, although they insisted that they needed to select buildings via a lottery rather than start with the largest properties and work downward. Department representatives also stated that there were approximately 630 commercial buildings in SF over 50,000 square feet, and over 2,500 between 10,000 - 50,000 square feet in size. This legislation will not cover buildings smaller than 10,000 square feet.


UPDATE - November 30, 2010

BOMA San Francisco Members:

On  November 23, 2010, Mayor Newsom introduced the substitute Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, which is scheduled to be heard at the Board of Supervisors Land Use & Economic Development Committee on December 6, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.:

Revisions from the prior version from July/August include: 
  • Increased the minimum square footage of buildings required to comply from 5,000 to 10,000 sq. ft. (Section 2002, line 8);
  • As described in Section 2004(a), for buildings submitting their benchmarking data for the first time, a window of time was added between when they are required to submit their data and when the data is made public.  This will allow some time for the facility to review and ensure the accuracy of the data before it is posted;
  • Section 2006 was added to clarify compliance requirements for municipal buildings;
    • The benchmarking requirements are much the same as those for commercial buildings, the primary exception being allowing the City to use a benchmarking tool other than Energy Star Portfolio Manager if it deems another tool to be more relevant for municipal buildings, as long as it provides the same type of data (Portfolio Manager is currently quite limited in the types of buildings it has categories for, and does not include many municipal building types, ie fire stations, etc.).
    • However, because the City owns over 1,000 buildings and it would be impractical to expect the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to conduct energy audits in all of those buildings in the timeline required in Section 2004(b), this section allows the SFPUC to elect to develop a compliance plan, to be submitted by July 1, 2011, to develop protocols and a compliance timeline for conducting energy audits in municipal buildings.  The expectation is that the SFPUC will perform 20-30 municipal energy audits per year.
  • An exception was added for unoccupied buildings (Section 2008(c)(2));
  • Administrative fines were revised as described in Section 2009(b).

Thank you to Johanna Partin, Director of Climate Protection Initiatives - Office of Mayor Gavin Newsom, for this information.

Please review legislation as soon as you can.  Please send any feedback to Ken Cleaveland at and John Bozeman at, and what positives/negatives aspects you see emanating from passage/implementation of this ordinance. 

Most importantly, if you would like to attend the December 6th meeting of the Land Use Committee to testify in support of this legislation and/or add any specific comments.  Please email us.   


Original Post - August 12, 2010

BOMA San Francisco members have been working with the San Francisco Department of the Environment to craft the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance. Click here to review the ordinance.

The proposal would require owners of nonresidential buildings in San Francisco to obtain energy efficiency audits, as well as to annually measure and disclose energy performance. It would also requires the Department of Environment to collect summary statistics about the energy performance of nonresidential buildings and make those statistics available to the public.

The proposal would require the owner of any nonresidential building in San Francisco with a gross area of 5,000 square feet or greater to conduct a comprehensive energy efficiency audit for each such building not less than once every 5 years. The audits would have to meet specified industry standards and be conducted by a qualified energy professional in accordance with rules promulgated by the Director of the Department of the Environment. The size of the building would determine the scope of the audit.

The energy professional would prepare a signed report of the energy efficiency audit meeting industry standards. The report would include, among other things: a list of capital and non-capital measures that would improve the building's energy efficiency; an estimate of the approximate energy savings, avoided energy cost, and costs to implement those measures; and an estimate of the economic value of the corrective measures. The ordinance would require the building owner to file with the Department of the Environment a report confirming that the energy efficiency audit had been completed.

Building owners would also be required to use the "ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager"— the Environmental Protection Agency’s online tool for managing building data—to track the total energy use of each non-residential building and obtain an "ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager Energy Performance Rating" for each entire nonresidential building. The owner would then file an Annual Energy Benchmark Summary report ("AEBS") for each covered building with the Department of the Environment. The AEBS would be based on an assessment of the entire non-residential building and related facilities made using Portfolio Manager.

No energy efficiency audit would be required for: (a) a building newly constructed less than five years prior to the date an AEBS was due; (b) a building that received the ENERGY STAR® label from the EPA for at least three of the last five years; or, (c) a building that was certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for Existing Buildings Operation and Maintenance, within the past five years. Owners of financially distressed buildings could apply for extensions of the deadlines for completion of an energy efficiency audit or for submittal of an AEBS.

The Department of the Environment would annually report to the public summary statistics on Citywide energy use in nonresidential buildings and on overall compliance with the Chapter. For individual buildings covered by the ordinance, the department would report whether the building was in compliance with the Chapter, what level of energy audit was required for the building, the date of the most recent audit, and whole-building information on energy use and efficiency.

The ordinance would require building owners to make the Annual Energy Benchmark Summary report available to all tenants occupying the building in order to engage tenants in efforts to save energy.

The ordinance would set a staggered, 3-year schedule for compliance with these new requirements, beginning April 1, 2011.

Violations would be enforced through a system of administrative penalties, after written warning to the building owner.

Coalition Urges Restructuring of Federal Energy Tax Incentives

BOMA San Francisco Members:

In May, BOMA International joined a group of more than 85 real estate owners, builders, contractors, building managers, energy service companies, building efficiency manufacturers and suppliers, energy efficiency financiers, environmental advocates, architects, engineers and other stakeholders in a letter that calls on Congress to make improvements to the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction (Section 179D of the Internal Revenue Code).

Under current law, building owners may qualify for a tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot for energy efficient upgrades that achieve a 50 percent reduction in annual energy cost to the user, compared to a base building defined by the ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1–2001 Standard. Partial credit is also available for the three major subsystems of the building (lighting, envelope and HVAC and hot water systems). BOMA International lobbied hard for this tax incentive but in practice the bar has been set so high that it is extremely difficult to achieve, especially for existing buildings.

In February, President Obama announced his Better Buildings Initiative and one of the major planks of this effort was to call on Congress to modify Section 179D. The May 5 letter to key Senate leaders includes ideas for restructuring the deduction to make it more useful and beneficial to the commercial real estate industry, and in turn, promote energy efficiency retrofits.

Cogeneration: Is It Right for Your Building?

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Please click here to review a report produced by the San Francisco Department of the Environment in 2007 regarding Cogeneration.

What is Cogeneration?

Cogeneration, also known as Combined Heat and Power (CHP), is the process of generating electricity and useful heat from the same power station. Modern power generators create electricity through the combustion of a fuel, or the nuclear processing of uranium, and give off large amounts of exhaust heat to the air, earth, or water that surrounds them. The waste of this excess heat is a fundamental inefficiency in these generators and the use of their fuel. Cogeneration systems are identical to these modern power generators, with the exception that they collect the exhaust heat from the electrical generation process and use this heat to perform other work. This heat can be used to heat the air in an office building, provide hot water or steam, drive a dehumidifier, or even drive an absorption chiller to provide refrigeration and cooling. With this large range of uses, a variety of buildings can benefit from the useful heat in a cogeneration system.

Office Buildings - Overview

With regard to office buildings potential for office buildings varies greatly, depending on the overall size, the inclusion of data centers, and operating hours. Electric loads are particularly high during business hours, but drop significantly during the night in most buildings. This operating pattern should not discourage the installation of systems as the savings from peak electrical rates can be significant and can justify a project economically even if the system does not run during non-business hours. Typical thermal loads in office buildings include space and water heating, and absorption chillers for cooling. Generators can be sited on the roof, in basement level equipment rooms, or in parking structures. Typical cogeneration system sizes for office buildings range from 500 kW – 1.5 MW. This market has the largest segment of active systems in San Francisco, with eight distributed around the downtown area. The office building market also has the largest potential for growth in the city, with well over a hundred potential office buildings in the city, capable of producing in excess of 80 MW. The calculation for this estimate, and the following list of potential locations has been compiled with the assistance of the Assessor’s Office. This list has been used to derive a first estimate of the potential for cogeneration installations in the city. Using existing cogeneration systems in office buildings as a guide, a conservative calculation has been estimated as follows:

Not included in this estimate are buildings in the Commercial Retail or Commercial Miscellaneous classes, any of the new buildings being constructed in the city, or any buildings with less than 200,000 square feet of space. These omissions could each contribute multiple megawatts of power to the city.

For more specific information, please review the report.

New Senate Energy Bill Poses Concerns for The Commercial Real Estate Industry

BOMA San Francisco Members: 

On May 16, 2011, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1000) of 2011 was introduced in the United States Senate.  The bill’s sponsors believe it will promote energy savings in buildings, utilities, industry and transportation.  BOMA International has reservations about this measure with regard to commercial buildings including the  concern that it's passage will lead to building codes that are not cost effective and will leave the door open for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to produce a national model building code, which BOMA opposes.

For the better part of the past decade, BOMA International has been working to educate Congress that overly aggressive and arbitrary energy efficiency targets in building codes is an ineffective way to legislate energy efficiency. The sponsors of the bill provided opportunities for the real estate community to comment on the legislation before its introduction and incorporated some of BOMA's suggested modifications into the bill.

BOMA believes that DOE’s appropriate role in the building code development process is to provide technical support and DOE should not be given expanded authority that could potentially allow them to develop future model building codes.

California Commissioning Collaborative's Building Performance Tracking Handbook

BOMA San Francisco Members:

The cover of The Building Performance Tracking Handbook including photographs of building details, digital tools, electric meter and ventilation ducts. The subtitle reads Continuous Improvement for Every BuildingBuilding performance tracking can provide continuous improvement for every building. By employing a strategy to monitor and improve the energy and system performance of commercial buildings, building performance tracking is the first step in seeing operating costs fall, asset values grow, and market differentiation improve.

This handbook outlines the steps needed to continually manage building performance, demystifies the complex array of building performance tracking tools available, and provides guidance on selecting the most appropriate tracking strategy.

Download the Building Performance Tracking Handbook today!


Development of The Building Performance Tracking Handbook was funded by the California Energy Commission, and managed by the California Commissioning Collaborative. Content was built around research conducted by PECI and Enovity, Inc. into the variety of performance tracking tools available and the management strategies that have demonstrated success in applying those tools (research reports can be downloaded here). The handbook was written and designed by PECI, and has been peer reviewed by a technical advisory group and endorsed by the BOMA California Energy Committee.

UPDATE: BOMA Bay Area 2011 EARTH Awards - Commercial Buildings Recognized for Resource Conservation

BOMA San Francisco Members:

UPDATE - May 26, 2011

If you didn't receive the special San Francisco Business Times (SFBT) supplement for the 2011 BOMA Bay Area EARTH Awards, please click here to review the digital version.  You can also access videos from the event that highlight the BOMA member finalists and learn more about the EARTH Awards program by clicking here.

Thank you to the sponsors of the supplement and the SFBT for their kind support of the BOMA Bay Area EARTH Awards.  Lastly, thank you to the organizers of the event: the members of  BOMA San Francisco's Energy & Environment Committee.

Original Post - April 22, 2011

BOMA member buildings in the Bay Area whose tenants composted their organics, slashed energy use and promoted alternative transportation methods won the top honors this year for sustainability.

Bay Area EARTH Awards were presented on April 21, 2011 to commercial buildings with top-rated sustainability programs at an event hosted by BOMA San Francisco and BOMA Oakland/East Bay. This was the fifth annual awards event and the first year that BOMA Oakland/East Bay participated.

“Every year brings new and higher standards to the awards competition,” says Blake Peterson, Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee at BOMA San Francisco, which manages the awards process. “We look for the best building practices and revise our program to include these methodologies on an ongoing basis. Innovations that we noticed this year are plastic bag and Styrofoam recycling, electric vehicle charging stations and LED lighting technologies.” 

The EARTH Awards recognize commercial property owners and managers for the most comprehensive resource management practices – including recycling, energy and water conservation, air quality and toxic reduction programs, support for public transit and tenant education programs that promote sustainability. Eighty-two criteria are considered in the judging. Some specific practices include: composting hand towels in restrooms, motion sensors in stairwells and environmentally favorable purchasing standards.

The EARTH Awards are a multi-purpose program designed to analyze, educate, recognize and repeat. The program analyzes the most sustainable building operation practices, educates properties about methodologies through the application process, recognizes properties that are excelling, and repeats the process.  

“Next year’s application will include innovations that were discovered during this year’s audits,” adds Peterson. “Being able to share knowledge about cutting-edge techniques is what makes this program a value for participants.”

Please click here for BOMA's EARTH Awards supplement in the San Francisco Business Times which contains detailed information about the program, articles related to sustainable business practices, information related to the participating buildings.. 

The awards are grouped by building size (large, medium and small).  Below are the buildings and their respective management companies. Winners of the 2011 BOMA EARTH awards are:

Large Commercial Property Winners (over 600,000 square feet): 
  • 1st Place – 560 Mission (San Francisco) – CommonWealth Partners 
  • 2nd Place – Post Montgomery Center (San Francisco) – Cushman & Wakefield
  • 3rd Place – Letterman Digital Arts Center (San Francisco) – Letterman Digital Arts

Medium Commercial Property Winners (300,000 to 600,000 square feet): 
  • 1st Place – 1111 Broadway (Oakland) – CB Richard Ellis
  • 2nd Place – 100 Montgomery (San Francisco) – Hines
  • 3rd Place – One Bush Street (San Francisco) – Tishman Speyer

Small Commercial Property Winners (under 300,000 square feet):
  • 1st Place – Adobe System’s/Baker Hamilton Building (San Francisco) – Cushman & Wakefield
  • 2nd Place – 150 California Street (San Francisco) – CB Richard Ellis
  • 3rd Place – 1300 Clay Street (Oakland) – CB Richard Ellis

The EARTH Awards are just one of many innovative green programs offered to BOMA members. The BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP) seminars teach principals of energy management and use of the Energy Star® Portfolio Manger Tools. The BOMA 360 Performance Program recognizes buildings that show excellent performance in the areas of energy efficiency and management, sustainability, operations and other practices. BOMA also offers classes towards LEED professional accreditation.

BOMA San Francisco and BOMA Oakland/East Bay are not-for-profit commercial real estate trade associations. BOMA’s labor, legislative and public affairs services create better business conditions for commercial real estate owners and managers. Its training programs enhance effective building operations, which add value to the bottom line. The associations are members of BOMA California and federated with BOMA International, an organization consisting of 100 local associations throughout North America as well as several affiliated BOMA groups worldwide.