LogosFinalCorporate clients and employees are gaining interest in sustainability and workplace health. I had the opportunity to sit at a roundtable with ARIDO / IDC  designers last week to discuss the BOMA BESt outline and certification program. I have come to understand that the BOMA program was introduced to Landlords and Building Owners as levels of achievement to follow when upgrading older buildings to sustainable levels of systems management. The BOMA BESt program can be promoted by Landlords to potential Tenants touring existing buildings. Click here to learn more about BOMA BESt.

The LEED certification program seems to revolve around new or newer buildings. LEED certified buildings or interiors have been designed with sustainable specifications and systems within building frameworks to achieve certification ratings. The LEED program has many identifiable line items similar to BOMA but are independent. The level of LEED certification for the building or space becomes the marketability of its inherent design. Click here to learn more about LEED.

The new WELL certification program from California has recently entered the ranks of evaluation and extends from LEED. WELL encompasses design principles that roll out the effects of the built environment into achievable points for employee wellness. Click here to learn more about WELL.

All are indelibly related yet distinct in their rating systems. Achieving one level of certification does not mean you can translate it into the other. The result within each program is an implied benefit and it is the value of each which needs to be discerned.

The challenges for us and the community at large is to understand where each program applies and prioritize. Tenant decisions for location, design, cost and employee health have become major motivators for defining the built environment.