The structure, which was originally built in 1985,
boasts a recycling program that diverted more than
582,000 pounds of consumables from landfills,
energy-efficient operation that saves roughly 67,000
k Wh compared to a conventional building annually,
a fitness center for tenants and a sophisticated tenant communication system.
Prioritizing efficient and healthy building
management and features raises the bar for other
buildings in the market, and building certifications
verify the legitimacy of those priorities, notes Adam
Bernhardt, vice president and general manager
with Peloton Real Estate, which manages Bank of
"Many building certifications have requirements
that overlap, and if you're already doing a lot of the
required functions to remain competitive in the
market, it's just a matter of documenting and maybe
enhancing your services," Bernhardt explains.
Meeting the bar set by a certification program
without applying for the designation will result in
a more efficient building. However, without third-party validation, it can be difficult to substantiate
performance claims and gain credibility.
2 Choose a Certification Program Many of the certification bodies publish their equirements online, allowing you to review
what's expected of your building before anyone lifts a
finger on renovation.
Discuss key differences and how to meet your
The main driver can be anything from prestige and branding to a genuine desire to protect he environment and keep building occupants healthy, but one thing is certain – as green building certifications gain wider understanding and multiply in availability, they're becoming
an increasingly important way to set apart your building from the competition.
Find the right certification for your building and
start the process with these tips from industry professionals.
1 Understand Your Motives Knowing your own reasons for pursuing green building certification sets the tone for the rest
of the project. Building owners pursue healthy, sustainable and resilient features for many reasons, but
not all require certification, explains Corie Baker,
senior architect and sustainability leader for Gresham
Smith's healthcare group.
"Most clients are interested in sustainability. Not all
of our clients are interested in a third-party certifica-tion," Baker explains.
The Bank of America Plaza, a 1.8-million-square-
foot office tower and the tallest building in Dallas,
earned three certifications – BOMA 360, LEED Gold
and ENERGY STAR – and can also add "award-win-ning" to its resume after clinching a coveted TOBY
(The Outstanding Building of the Year) award at
BOMA International's 2018 conference in the Greater
Earn the credits you need with simple, common-sense strategies.