WASHINGTON, DC-The US General Services Administration is currently evaluating several building rating systems as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and BOMA International, along with the Real Estate Roundtable and several other industry associations and groups, is weighing in. It is asking the agency to allow a choice of rating systems to be used by federal buildings. Currently, the de facto choice of the government has been USGBC’s LEED rating system.

There are a number of reasons why GSA should expand its outlook in this area, BOMA Chair Joseph W. Markling, who is also managing director of Strategic Accounts at CBRE, tells GlobeSt.com, starting with the obvious “one size just can’t fit all.” Other standards might be more appropriate depending on the building’s age, finances, size, market or submarket location, property type and tenant mix of the building, he says. Also, Markling continues, by opting for just one standard the federal government is acting like a market-maker. “That is not appropriate for the government to do, especially considering that real estate is certainly not homogenous.” Let the market decide by giving GSA flexibility, is the message Markling and BOMA want to impart.

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