BOMA Intl. Joins DOE in Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance

April 13, 2009

Richard Purtell and Henry Chamberlain, two of BOMA’s top executives, met today in New York City with U.S. Department of Energy officials and top executives from 18 other commercial real estate companies in a meeting that launched DOE’s Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance (CREEA), a collaboration of commercial real estate owners and operators who have volunteered to work in direct cooperation with each other and with DOE to create a lasting change in the energy consumption of U.S. commercial real estate buildings. The event included an executive roundtable on energy efficiency and sustainability in commercial real estate and a press opportunity followed by a reception.

“BOMA has long been a leader in the energy movement, delivering products and programs to the industry that encourage reducing energy consumption while enhancing asset values and tenant satisfaction,” said Purtell. “CREEA’s goals align with our objectives, and we look forward to working with DOE and the commercial real estate sector to share strategies and develop new technologies that will make the industry even more efficient.”

CREEA will serve as a national forum for best practices in energy efficiency to be documented and publicized and for peers to share practical experiences and insights. The alliance will also allow DOE national laboratories to provide building owners and operators with emerging research and technologies. Additionally, it creates a collective buying voice to push manufacturers and suppliers of building materials to create more energy efficient equipment.

Ultimately, the energy alliance will allow DOE and building owners to work together with technology more effectively, saving money for buildings and helping preserve the environment. “The Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance,” said Scott Hine, acting program manager at DOE’s Building Technologies Program, “will guide research strategies at the Department of Energy aimed at achieving deep reductions in energy consumption of commercial real estate buildings and help to shape a more sustainable future for the nation.”

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