Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Canada environmental standards manager Hazel Sutton provided a Canadian perspective at a Korea Research Institute of Eco-Environmental Architecture conference in November.
Sutton was joined at the “Smart Green City + Buildings: Insight Into a Convergence Platform of Information, Energy and Construction Technologies” conference by professionals from Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada.
While the Seoul-based conference was dominated by talk about architecture and new construction, Sutton offered information on best practices for improving operations in existing buildings.
National Green Building Report results
“I spoke of the results from our ‘National Green Building Report,’ which demonstrated that applicants who recertify with BOMA BESt are actually achieving improved scores over their certification cycles,” said Sutton. “We see that these buildings are engaging in practices associated with continuous improvement.”
Engaging stakeholders — including operators, staff and tenants — in improving a building’s performance gives them a sense of ownership in their work and pride in their results. This helps to ensure that improving the building’s operations will remain an important part of day-to-day activities.
“I was told that existing buildings are not often discussed in South Korea, so they were very happy to hear of the wealth of opportunities that can exist for improving the performance of existing buildings — all associated with large cost savings as well,” said Sutton. “I got the impression it was a much-needed and appreciated perspective.”