ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to further its green and sustainability practices, The Tower Companies has accepted the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International's 7-Point Challenge. BOMA recently presented its new plan and challenged members of the commercial real estate community to accept the plan as part of everyday business practice. The plan includes goals for building owners, managers and tenants that will aid in reducing the use of natural resources, non-renewable energy sources and waste production. Benchmarks in the 7-Point Green Challenge include: decrease energy consumption by 30 percent across portfolios by 2012, employ the ENERGY STAR® metrics to benchmark energy performance and water usage, provide education to engineers, owners and operators, perform energy audits to implement low-risk and low-cost strategies, improve operations and building maintenance systems. Finally, as part of the plan, BOMA is asking members to work to position themselves as leaders and solution providers to owners and tenants.
"BOMA's 7-Point Challenge is designed to encourage our industry to voluntarily address energy and environmental issues. The Tower Companies is well-positioned to accept this challenge from BOMA because we have been implementing these practices for over 15 years," says Jeffrey S. Abramson, Tower partner. "We are excited about the challenge and the effect we can and will have on our environment, buildings and tenants."
Tower's 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard was the Region's first USGBC LEED® Platinum certified and world's largest Vedic multi-tenant commercial office building, and was the subject of a Harvard Case Study. The Tower Building, 1828 L Street and 1909 K Street are ENERGY STAR rated. Furthermore, 1828 L Street is LEED Gold, The Tower Building and 1707 L Street are LEED Silver, and 1909 K Street is LEED certified. Most recently, Blair Towns was certified LEED-EBOM Platinum. Previously, USGBC nationally recognized it as America's first LEED-certified multifamily rental housing community in the US. Additionally, Tower has installed a total of nine Electric Vehicle Charging stations in six of their 11 LEED certified properties as part of their green initiatives to help reduce carbon emissions.
"The Tower Companies is a proven leader on energy efficiency and environmental issues and we look forward to working with them on the goals put forward in the 7-Point Challenge," said BOMA International Chairman and Chief Elected Officer Boyd R. Zoccola, Executive Vice President, Hokanson Companies Inc. "Market transformation is achievable when organizations like The Tower Companies step up to the challenge."
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