Sustainability Rating Systems for Buildings

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BOMA 360 Performance Program:

The BOMA 360 Performance Program sets the standard worldwide for operational best practices in the commercial real estate industry. For building owners and managers who want to help their properties stand out from the crowd, there is no clearer mark of excellence than achieving the BOMA 360 designation.

Earning the prestigious BOMA 360 label demonstrates that a building is outperforming the competition across all areas of operations and management. Designees report the program helped them achieve operational efficiencies as well as higher levels of tenant satisfaction.

As the BOMA 360 program continues to expand around the globe, more and more properties are reaping the substantial benefits and significant return on investment that the designation offers, an unmistakable edge in an increasingly competitive marketplace

Since 2009 the BOMA 360 Performance Program has been evaluating buildings against industry best practices in six areas: building operations and management; life safety, security and risk management; training and education; energy; environmental/sustainability; and tenant relations/community involvement. All occupied commercial and industrial buildings are eligible to participate. Applicants are eligible for recognition upon meeting program requirements, including prerequisites energy performance benchmarking and participation in the BOMA Experience Exchange report.


EDGE [Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies] is a green building certification system focused on making buildings in emerging markets more resource efficient. Launched in 2013, the program offers free web-based software to help design teams and project owners assess cost effective ways to incorporate energy and water saving options into their buildings.


Started in 1992, ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program providing tools and resources to promote energy efficiency. In addition to providing the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, they offer several opportunities to earn recognition for energy efficiency: certification for existing buildings or plants, “Designed to ENERGY STAR” for new commercial construction, portfolio-wide recognition, and organizational awards.


Created as a joint initiative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA) in addition to experts in public health and design, Fitwel was introduced in 2015 and launched for public use in 2017. The rating system is organized around specific, incremental changes that will foster a healthier workplace, regardless of size, construction year, or location. Fitwel stands for Facility Innovations Toward Wellness Environment Leadership.

Green Globes

Green Globes is an online green building rating and certification tool that is used primarily in Canada and the USA. Green Globes was developed by ECD Energy and Environment Canada, an arms-length division of JLL. Green Globes is licensed for use by BOMA Canada (Existing Buildings) and the Green Building Initiative in the USA (New and Existing Buildings).  Examples of our Green Globes projects include: ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Phoenix, AZ, USA, and Advanced Technology Research Facility, Federick, MD.


LEED is a third party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000 through a consensus based process, LEED serves as a tool for buildings of all types and sizes. LEED certification offers third party validation of a project’s green features and verifies that the building is operating exactly the way it was designed to. We have more than 135 LEED Certified projects, including: San Bernardino Transit Center, San Bernardino, CA,;  Humber River Hospital, Toronto, Ontario; DuBiotech Nucleotide Lab Complex, Dubai, UAE.

Living Building Challenge

Launched in 2006, the Living Building Challenge calls itself a “philosophy, certification and advocacy tool for projects to move beyond merely being less bad and to become truly regenerative.” The performance-based standard challenges design professionals to consider each aspect of design “as an opportunity to positively impact the greater community of life and the cultural fabric of our human communities.” Examples of our Living Building Challenge projects include: Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence, Okanagan College, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada.


Parksmart is a rating system focused on improving parking structure design and operation. Launched in 2016, Parksmart recognizes sustainable practices in parking structure management, programming, design and technology.


PEER [Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal] is designed to help industry stakeholders dramatically improve power system performance by providing a framework for continuous improvement and performance assessment. Modeled after LEED, PEER provides a comprehensive understanding of how to define, specify, and assess sustainable power to buildings. Launched in 2013, it is the nation’s first comprehensive, consumer-centric, outcome-driven system for evaluating power system performance.


TRUE Zero Waste certification program can be used to define, pursue and achieve a facility’s zero waste goals. Launched in 2017, the certification focuses on the upstream policies and practices that make zero waste successful in any organization.

WELL Building Standard

The Well Building Standard was launched in 2014 with a focus on the health and well-being of building occupants. Based on thorough review of existing research, WELL specifies 100 evidence-based performance metrics, design strategies, and policies for implementation. Candidates must undergo on-site assessment and performance testing to receive recognition.  We currently have two WELL projects in design.


CEEQUAL is an international evidence-based sustainability assessment and rating system for civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects. Launched in 2003 in the UK, and available internationally since 2011, the rating system is predominantly used in Europe. CEEQUAL became part of the BRE Group in 2015, and is now being operated in conjunction with BREEAM.


In October 2012, FHWA launched INVEST (Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool) as a practical, web-based, collection of voluntary best practices designed to help transportation agencies integrate sustainability into their programs and projects. The use of INVEST is voluntary and helps transportation agencies identify characteristics of sustainable highways and provides information and techniques to them integrate sustainability best practices into highway and other roadway projects. Examples of our INVEST projects including: Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Project, Minnesota Department of Transportation, MN, USA; I-20/26/126 Corridor Improvements – Carolina Crossroads, South Carolina DOT, Columbia, SC, USA.

Sustainable Rating Systems for Communities

WELL Community

The WELL Community Standard™ pilot, introduced in 2014, is a district-scale rating system centered exclusively on health and wellness that aims to set a new global benchmark for healthy communities. With the launch of the WELL Community Standard, IWBI is ushering in a new era of fostering and cultivating neighborhoods, districts and other communities that have health and wellness attributes built into their DNA. WELL accredited professional.


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