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BOMA NEWS - April 4, 2024

These Are The Top 5 Myths About Your Building Becoming BOMA BEST Smart Certified

1. It is only possible to certify if you have a building that is equipped with the latest in smart technology.

BOMA BEST Smart was designed to provide a roadmap for every building, regardless of age, asset type or where your building is on its smart journey. A great case example is of the management team at Place Ville Marie who wanted to create the best environment possible for their tenants and identified the need to invest in smart technology to do that. This Montreal landmark, built in 1962, was awarded the BOMA BEST Smart Silver in 2023.

2. You need to be an expert in smart technology to complete the BOMA BEST Smart Questionnaire.

Over the two years spent developing BOMA BEST Smart, the development team engaged not only smart technology experts but also building managers and sustainability professionals to ensure the program optimized operations, drove sustainability, and created a unique user experience that produced results. Essentially we wanted a program that everyone, regardless of their educational background, could benefit from.

3. You will need consultants to complete the certification.

While consultants bring a lot of value to the BOMA BEST Smart and BOMA BEST Sustainable program, the questionnaires were designed and written in a way that they can be answered in-house.

4. There is no overlap or relationship between BOMA BEST Sustainable and Smart. 

With the development of BOMA BEST Smart, it was the recommendation of industry professionals who were part of our numerous focus groups that we keep our questionnaires as targeted as possible. Making it easy for you to complete the questionnaires.

5. BOMA BEST Smart has yet to gain enough industry recognition to justify the process.

With all new programs, people wait to see how readily they get adopted by the industry before they sign up. However, with BOMA BEST Smart, our users such as QuadReal Property Group, Ivanhoé Cambridge and GWL Realty Advisors are already seeing the benefits of being certified.