Enhancing resilience: BOMA BEST 4.0 & ClimateFirst

BOMA BEST 4.0 Sustainable Buildings certification program now includes a focus on climate risk and resiliency. ClimateFirst analysis can support applicants in meeting many of these resiliency requirements with ease.

The BOMA BEST sustainable buildings certification program has been assisting building owners and managers in North America since 2005. Its main goal is to assess and enhance the environmental performance of existing buildings.

In 2023, the BOMA BEST 4.0 program will continue to focus on sustainability, including decarbonization, water, energy efficiency and more. Additionally, it will address resiliency and managing climate risk. (An essential component for all ESG strategies.)

A resilient future

Climate-resilience best practices is now a key area of focus for BOMA BEST 4.0 Sustainable. The Resilience and Site section has 10 or 11 questions that applicants must answer. These questions are about climate hazards, resilience strategies, capital planning, critical systems maintenance, and innovation. The number of questions depends on the type of building. 

This question is from the Resilience & Site section of the BOMA BEST 4.0 Questionnaire for Sustainable Buildings – Office Technical Field Guide.

Meeting the challenge

Real estate investment firms’ ESG and operations teams are already tasked with providing credible data to meet existing ESG reporting and regulatory requirements. Now, to meet the new BOMA BEST 4.0 Sustainable requirements, the importance of credible climate-risk data—that includes credible Climate Value at Risk in dollar amounts—and actionable resiliency plans, matters more than ever.  

Fortunately, a downloadable report from ClimateFirst simplifies the reporting process for resiliency—both for many existing ESG frameworks and programs, like BOMA certification). A ClimateFirst report identifies climate risks, quantifies them financially, and provides plans to increase resilience and meet site requirements. 

A ClimateFirst report identifies site-specific past and future climate risks. It also helps in quantifying these risks in financial terms while providing plans to increase resilience and reduce risk.

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Planning to certify a building with the BOMA BEST 4.0 Sustainable program? Reach out to learn how ClimateFirst can help.