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Join us on April 10th for a very active Seminar! Not all surfaces can be treated equal! The Emerging Professionals Committee will be hosting a seminar about building surfaces. Come learn about the care and treatment of different materials used in your properties such as stone and metal, as well as the importance of proper caulking and sealants on the building envelope. A surface that is probably most noticed by your tenants is the windows. Did you know that there are OSHA regulations regarding window washing? We will also learn all about the tie-on and anchor system you have on your roof and the liabilities you need to understand about them. Everyone is welcome to come and learn!
Tie-ons and anchors - High Altitude
Stone, Metal and Wood refinishing - Mid America Metals
Caulking & sealants/building envelope - Building Diagnostics
1st Workday of 2018! Bring your coworkers and enjoy giving back to this great organization!
Register today! The registration fee is $20, with lunch included thanks to Franklin's BBQ!
Sponsors: Franklin's BBQ & Cousin's to date.
Sign up for the BOMA national rebate incentive program with The Home Depot and earn a 2% annual rebate on all qualifying in-store and online pre-tax purchases of thousands of products in Paint, Janitorial, Flooring, Plumbing, Electrical and more, plus other special savings and services, such as dedicated support, delivery, competitive pricing and volume discounts.
There is no cost to enroll in the program. Rebates are distributed annually at the end of the rebate period (Feb. 28, 2019), and annual purchases must total a minimum of $25,000 to qualify. This program is for commercial accounts only and is open to all BOMA members, including associate (vendor) members.
Enroll now and start earning money on your company's Home Depot purchases. Be sure to enter the program code BOMA when you register. If you are already enrolled in the program, be sure your account and payment information is up-to-date so that you don't miss out on any savings or rebates.
Sponsor: Home Depot
Downtown San Antonio and the River Walk now can add another title: Federal Historic District. The new designation brings with it protections and incentives to ensure a future for venerable buildings and gathering spaces throughout downtown, and may prompt more restoration projects, preservation experts said. The National Park Service added the district to the National Register of Historic Places last month, nearly 18 months after the Texas Historical Commission approved an application prepared by the city's Office of Historic Preservation. The timing couldn't be better: The city is celebrating its 300th birthday this year ... Click here to read the remainder of the article in the San Antonio Express-News.
Save the date for the 2018 BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo, June 23-26 in San Antonio, Texas. One Day passes also available!
If you benchmark properties in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, you'll likely see a change in your buildings' 1–100 ENERGY STAR scores after August 26, 2018. That's because the EPA is updating performance metrics in Portfolio Manager based on the most recent market data. This update is part of EPA's standard process to keep ENERGY STAR metrics as current as possible, and reflective of current market performance.
ENERGY STAR scores are based on the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), which is conducted about once every four years. The latest CBECS data became available in 2016 and is based on the results of the 2012 survey.
The most recent market data available shows an overall improvement in the energy performance of the U.S. building stock in recent years. Therefore, when Portfolio Manager metrics are updated on Aug. 26, ENERGY STAR scores and other performance metrics will, on average, go down.
What can you do to prepare?:
One-time rule change: If you earned 2017 ENERGY STAR certification for your building, you may apply for 2018 certification using a period ending date of April 30, 2018, or earlier. Applications submitted:
- Download your pre- and post-performance reports and Statements of Performance.
- Apply for ENERGY STAR Certification early.
- Sign up for ENERGY STAR newsletter and/or participate in upcoming webinars.
- If your building contains a data center, monitor upcoming changes and updates.
- Be aware of the properties with additional space requirements: warehouse, K-12 Schools, Supermarkets.
2019 Certifications will all be based on updated ENERGY STAR scores/models.
- Before July 26, 2018 and which require no significant follow-up or changes, will be guaranteed to be approved and awarded certification using the existing score models.
- July 26 - Aug. 26, 2018 may be evaluated using the updated score models, especially if significant follow-up or changes to the application are required.
- After Aug. 26, 2018 will be evaluated using the updated score models.
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Sponsor: BOMA Austin Sustainability Committee
The Power of A
House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., is planning to release legislation to restructure the IRS sometime in the next two weeks. House Republicans have been intent on improving the IRS' customer service and, in particular, reforming the current process for resolving taxpayer disputes.
Whether you call them the Selfie Generation, Generation Me or the Do-Gooder Generation, it's clear that millennials are the biggest and most economically powerful population on the planet. And that fact isn't lost on the real estate and business worlds. Everyone from condo developers to landlords to office-sharing firms to co-living startups have been tripping over themselves for years now to cater to those born between the early 1980s and the late 1990s. But as millennials age and gain wealth, their real estate preferences and spending habits are changing. "Millennials are finally starting to look at the housing market," said Realtor.com'sef economist Danielle Hale.
Smart Cities DIVE
Sixty-seven commercial buildings were verified as net energy in the U.S. and Canada in 2017, with another 415 in construction or in the evaluation process, according to a New Buildings Institute study titled "2018 Getting to Zero Status Update." That's a 26 percent increase in verified buildings and a 40 percent increase in the emerging category in the span of a year, reported the Living Building Institute.
The study attributes the rapid rise, in part, to technology, such as solar panels, efficient heat pumps, radiant cooling systems and techniques that improve building envelopes.
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"Research potential contacts to help introductions go more smoothly," writes Alyse Kalish. "Discuss something other than work to start, but avoid bringing up anything overly personal or controversial," she writes.
Real estate brokers scoff that just a fraction of U.S. office space is occupied by co-working and other flexible workspace options, yet data shows more than one-quarter of new leases signed in the past two years came from this burgeoning business. A double-digit growth rate, driven in large part by the upstart WeWork, indicates co-working is more than a fad as more shared-space providers establish multicity networks and landlords step into the fray with their own flex-space formats.
By Lucy Wallwork
While cities used to be planned at the stroke of an architect's pen, a new era of "participative planning" is giving more power over decisions to ordinary people. But is the role of power missing from this conversation? In my last article, I wrote about the role of the architect in the power relations that shape cities. But here I will write about the role of the city planner — that means looking at not just the form the buildings take, but also how we arrange those buildings in space.
The real estate industry isn't exactly known for being receptive to new technology. Many in the industry view technology as unnecessary, as countless people have built real estate empires and made untold millions from hammering the phones. Today, though, it's getting harder and harder to compete in real estate without technology. In particular, there are three distinct advantages of technology that should have real estate professionals more open to adopting new developments.
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