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  • 07/06/2017 8:10 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    BOMA Launches Water and Waste Challenge

    The 2017 BOMA International Conference & Expo featured the official launch of BOMA International's W2 Challenge, a two-year initiative to encourage commercial real estate professionals to benchmark water and waste consumption and improve performance. With the support of a generous grant from Yardi and in partnership with BOMA local associations, BOMA International is proud to launch the new challenge to highlight and expand the sustainability efforts of the commercial real estate industry. The program will use ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, which is already a popular tool for tracking energy use. The first year of the challenge will establish a baseline of water and waste consumption and costs, and the second year will promote performance improvements. Participants will receive progress reports, as well as guidance and best practices from BOMA and industry partners, and will be eligible for recognition for their leadership.

    The challenge runs from January 1, 2018, through the end of 2019, but make a commitment now so you'll have the details you need to be ready at the start of the program. Visit www.boma.org/W2 to sign up and take your sustainability efforts to the next level.


  • 06/23/2017 9:33 AM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

     

    Temperature fluctuations can cause power disruptions and equipment malfunctions. When the thermometer spikes, ensure that your investment is protected with these energy-saving tips!

    Powervator

    To combat heat-induced power problems, consider investing in a Powervator. This product improves tenant safety by eliminating the possibility of passengers being trapped if building power is lost or interrupted.

    • o    Battery-operated lowering device designed for many types of elevators.

    • o    Safely lowers your elevators, opens the cab doors, and shuts the elevator down with the doors open, allowing passengers to safely exit the car.

    • o    Automatic activation - Unit turns on during power failure. Will provide multiple voltages for seamless valve and door operation.

    • o    On/Off and Push-To-Test switches on the circuit board aid in routine diagnostic tests and allow safe maintenance work.

    • o    Maintenance-free gel-cell batteries are trickle-charged for prolonged life. Sealed batteries eliminate the possibility of dangerous fume build-up.

    • o    Complete unit is CSA approved.

    Electronic Control Valves

    Electronic control valves provide maximum ride comfort, regardless of load and temperature. Features include:

    • o    Applicable in new installations and modernizations and has the capability to be retro-fitted to existing systems

    • o    Low energy and maintenance costs

    • o    Short travel time and often, no necessary oil regulation

    • o    Great variability in design applications Excellent travel features and low maintenance costs

    • o    Short set-up time

    Regulate Your Motor Room Temperature!

    Be sure to keep your motor room between 45 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit with relative humidity not to exceed 85%!

  • 10/24/2016 10:10 AM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    Subject: Being Prepared No Matter What Storm Hits

     

    5 Days Before Storm Conditions

    • Notify employees of the potential for severe weather and to be prepared for the emergency plan possibly to be implemented.
    • Inspect the roof and grounds for loose debris, which may become a hazard in high winds.  If staff or temporary help is available, begin removal of the debris, otherwise the removal may be done at the 72-hour interval.
    • Provide a list of storm tips and needed supplies to help your employees prepare their homes and families. 
    • Ensure all employees have your business' designated emergency telephone numbers and key contact other information (i.e., employee emergency wallet card).

     

    72 Hours before Storm Conditions

    • If not completed already, remove or secure all loose roof and ground items, including landscaping that may become wind-borne debris.
    • Clear roof drains, gutters and downspouts of debris, to prevent water back-up
    • Clean out all debris from outdoor perimeter drains, especially in areas where water may collect such as shipping and receiving areas where the ground slopes towards the building.
    • Fill emergency generators with fuel and contact fuel suppliers with anticipated needs for post-storm deliveries.
    • Ensure fire protection systems are in proper working order.
    • Notify key customers, suppliers, and partners of office/facility closing and contingency plans.
    • Make decisions on when to excuse employees so that they have sufficient time to prepare their homes and families, and notify employees of office closure details.
    • Make any necessary alternative travel arrangements for employees away on business.
    • Customize messages for business' website, telephone recording, employee intranet, etc.
    • Instruct employees with laptops to take them home at the end of each day and confirm that they can connect to your business' server from home.
    • Remind employees to make sure their cell phones are fully charged and that they have a power cord and car charger.
    • Advise employees to begin checking your employee emergency hotline and/or company intranet/website for updates on the status of your office/facility.

     

     48 - 24 Hours before Storm Conditions

    • Make sure all employees with calling responsibilities have the most updated version of the company telephone call list and have it in multiple formats (hard copy, electronically, etc.).
    • For hurricanes and other high wind events, install window protection; if window protection is unavailable, close all window blinds, and cover office equipment with plastic sheets or tarps.
    • Close and lock all office doors, especially perimeter offices.
    • If you expect your building to be exposed to flooding or storm surge, seal all water entry points such as utility penetrations into the building and install flood protection including first-floor drain plugs.
    • Conduct full/partial shutdown procedures. If volunteers are to remain onsite during the storm, make sure they can remain in a safe and secure area. If conditions permit, instruct them on how to monitor, document, and mitigate against leaks and water infiltration in critical areas with vital equipment.
    • Advise employees to check the status of your office/facility at least twice per day.
    • Disconnect all electrical equipment and unplug from power source.
    • Place a "Closed" notice on office/facility main entrance.

     

      During and Immediately After the Storm

    • Update employee emergency hotline and/or company intranet and company website with postings on the status of your operations.
    • Activate the company telephone call list process, in order to contact all employees regarding the status of your office/facility.
    • Designate times for key staff members to call into conference calls for situation overviews.

     

    Recovery

    • Designated personnel should return to the facility, assess conditions, document damages, and notify the emergency operations teams of their findings.
    • When it is deemed safe, designated personnel should begin start-up procedures.
    • When all safety and operational concerns are addressed and an "All Clear" is provided, employees can return to work.
    • Take an overall inventory, including photos of all damaged property, and report damage and related expenses to your insurance company.
    • Employees returning to the building should be instructed to examine their work area, test all office equipment and report findings back to the designated staff contact.
    • Notify key customers, suppliers, and partners of office/facility re-opening and any necessary property or operational changes resulting from storm damage.


  • 09/23/2016 11:12 AM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    BOMA WEIGHS IN ON GSA'S DRAFT LEASE CRITERIA (9/22/16)

    Last week, BOMA International submitted comments to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Green Building Advisory Committee’s Green Leasing Task Group on their Draft Green Lease Criteria and Sample Lease Language. The task group’s goal is to create recommendations for model green leasing provisions for GSA’s public commercial office needs. These leasing provisions may ultimately impact the leasing requirements for any U.S. property professionals who manage properties for federal tenants.

    The task force currently does not include any building owners, property managers or leasing experts. In its comments, BOMA strongly recommended that qualified property professionals be added to the process, and that the provisions developed should be cost-effective and feasible in all the markets where GSA leases space. BOMA International will continue to work with GSA on all of its draft model leasing guidelines to ensure that they are in line with the current realities of the commercial office marketplace.


  • 07/22/2016 1:04 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    FEMA Releases App to Help Prepare for Disasters

    The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a smartphone app designed to help commercial property professionals and others prepare for and recover from a disaster. The app includes National Weather Service alerts; safety tips on how to stay safe before, during and after more than 20 different types of hazards; a preparation checklist; and maps of disaster resources, such as shelters and disaster recovery centers. The app also offers easy access to applications for federal disaster assistance.

    The latest version of the FEMA app is available in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices. For more information, visit www.fema.gov/mobile-app.


  • 07/22/2016 1:03 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    Deadline to Submit Public Comments to ICC is Approaching

    The deadline to submit public comments to the International Code Council (ICC) on the “Group B” code development cycle is July 22. BOMA International’s codes team has spent the past two months reviewing the outcome from the Code Committee Action hearing and has posted their report on the BOMA website.

    The codes team currently is developing public comments to support those code changes that will provide positive outcomes for the commercial real estate industry and oppose those that would prohibit growth or the revitalization of the existing building stock. These comments may help determine the 2018 editions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and theInternational Fire Code (IFC).

    If you are interested in submitting a public comment on any of the 2,000 proposed code changes or need assistance in preparing a public comment, contact BOMA International's Director of Codes & Standards, Steve Orlowski, at sorlowski@boma.org.


  • 07/22/2016 1:02 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    ADA Bill Passed Major Hurdle in the U.S. House

    Earlier this month, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 3765, “The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2016,” by a vote of 15-6. The bill, which aims to establish a “notice and cure” period to allow building owners to address violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) before a lawsuit can be brought, now heads to a full vote in the House of Representatives. Co-sponsors Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) led the debate on the bill and made the case for the need for this type of legislation. They emphasized that giving small businesses the opportunity to fix ADA barriers not only serves the purpose and intent of the original legislation, but also helps to ensure funds are invested in correcting issues rather than paying attorney’s fees.

    BOMA’s advocacy team will continue to work with a coalition of real estate groups on engaging the House to move towards a successful vote. Watch a full video of the hearing and see the vote breakdown online.  


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