Advocate - June 28, 2013
BOMA San Francisco Members:
NOTE - the San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFDPW) has been updating interested parties regarding approved and requested (i.e., Notices of Intent) Mobile Food Facilities permits. Please bookmark the following webpage and continue to review it for updated information on the status of requested permits near your property: http://bsm.sfdpw.org/mobilefoodpermits/.
Notices of Intent (NOI) detail locations, hours of operation, and menus for a proposed Mobile Food Facility permit. In addition to the interactive map, you can also download a list of NOI Mobile Food Facility permits by visiting the SFDPW webpage and clicking on NOI - Status.
Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy team is continuing to work tenaciously with BOMA members, Supervisor Scott Wiener and his staff and the SFDPW staff to assuage the various issues that BOMA members have had with regard to the proliferation of Mobile Food Facilities in the Financial District and adjacent Districts.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Ken Cleaveland at email@example.com and John Bozeman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE - June 3, 2013
The Sustainable Streets Division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is proposing the placement of 35 bicycle sharing stations in San Francisco as shown in this map. Please review it and forward the image to other interested parties. Responses should be sent to Matt Lasky at email@example.com if you wish to receive more details about specific station information including the size and location.
Stations shown as green on the map will be presented at an SFMTA public hearing on Friday, June 14, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102.
Stations, which require no physical connections for its operation, will house a payment kiosk powered by a solar mast and battery backup, a map panel for system information and station sponsorship, and docks to hold bicycles for public use. Station locations were selected in close proximity to transit connections, bicycle facilities, and employment and residential centers and where there is the best access to potential users of the system.
Opinions on the proposed placement may be filed in writing prior to the hearing by email to Matt Lasky or firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line 'Public Hearing'. Submitted opinions will become part of the official public record and will be brought to the attention of the person(s) conducting the hearing. For additional information about San Francisco’s bicycle sharing program, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/bikesharing.
UPDATE - May 20, 2013
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will be hosting the first local open house for Bay Area Bike Share on Thursday, May 30. 2013 at the North Light Court in San Francisco’s City Hall, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about and discuss bicycle sharing, the regional pilot, and planning and implementation details for San Francisco. The public is invited to share ideas for pilot and expansion station locations for the new bike share system.
UPDATE - March 18, 2013
On February 26, 2013, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a notice to Alta Bicycle Share authorizing them to deploy and operate a pilot regional bike-sharing system in the cities of San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City and San Francisco. The first phase of the project will deploy a fleet of approximately 350 bicycles and 35 kiosk stations in San Francisco and is anticipated to launch by August 2013.
For the system to reach its full potential in the region and San Francisco, additional funding will be needed to grow the system and the partners are actively seeking sponsors. In the short term, once additional funding is secured, the pilot system will be expanded to deploy at least an additional 150 bicycles at 15 kiosk stations in San Francisco. Longer term, a system size of up to 10,000 bikes regionally with several thousand bicycles in San Francisco is envisioned.
The SFMTA is prioritizing locations for the first 35 stations and will be reengaging with the public and contacting properties adjacent to these locations.
If you have any questions please contact Matt Lasky at email@example.com.
Original Post - July 14, 2011
Bike sharing is coming to San Francisco! A regional pilot program led by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in partnership with the SFMTA will bring approximately 50 bike share stations and 500 bikes to San Francisco’s downtown core beginning in spring 2012. The SFMTA is working with a regional team to implement this pilot along the Caltrain corridor in San Francisco, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Jose and shown in this Regional Bike Sharing System map. The project is funded through a combination of local, regional and federal grants with major funding coming from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Innovative Bay Area Climate Initiatives Grant Program (BACI).
What is bike sharing?
Similar to car sharing, bicycle sharing is a term used to describe a membership-based system of short-term bicycle rental. Members can check a bicycle out from a network of automated bicycle stations, ride to their destination, and return the bicycle to a different station. Bicycle sharing is enjoying a global explosion in growth with the development of purpose-built bicycles and stations that employ high tech features like smartcards, solar power, and wireless internet and GPS technologies.
Who is involved with launching the San Francisco bike sharing system?
The BAAQMD is the overall regional project lead, coordinating the planning and implementation efforts of the local partners: the City and County of San Francisco, the Cities of San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto in Santa Clara County and the City of Redwood City in San Mateo County. The SFMTA is leading the project in San Francisco, and we are working in cooperation with our City and County partners, including the Planning Department, Department of Public Works, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the Port of San Francisco. The regional partners will be selecting a contractor in fall 2011 to install, operate, and manage the system.
Where will bike sharing be located in San Francisco?
As the San Francisco Bicycle Sharing Pilot Service Area map (PDF) presents, in San Francisco, the pilot service area will be centered in San Francisco’s employment- and transit-rich Downtown/SOMA corridor between the Financial District, Market Street and the Transbay and Caltrain terminals. This area is notably flat, has the densest bikeway network coverage in San Francisco and enjoys the highest levels of cycling, yet those who commute by transit from cities to the east and south encounter difficulties bringing a bicycle with them on BART or Caltrain. Much of San Francisco’s densely urbanized northeastern quadrant is similarly well-suited to bicycle sharing.
When will bike sharing launch in San Francisco?
The regional partners will be selecting a vendor to install, operate, and manage the bike sharing system in 2011 with the goal of a system launch in Spring/Summer 2012!
If you have any questions, comments or feedback about bike sharing, contact the SFMTA firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2008, San Francisco established green building requirements for new residential and commercial buildings, as well as renovations to existing buildings. California’s Building Standards Commission subsequently adopted Title 24 Part 11 (2010), the California Green Building Standards Code (known as CALGreen). Chapter 13C of the San Francisco Building Code – the Green Building Ordinance – combines the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code with stricter local requirements.
Note that for interior commercial tenant improvement projects with cost no less than $500,000, please reference the new green building submittal form now required by the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection. This form will be used to enforce San Francisco's Green Building Ordinance. BOMA San Francisco's Codes and Regulations Committee members worked directly with the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection leadership, in particular, James Zhan and Mohsin Shaikh, to streamline this document for future commercial tenant improvements.
For all other commercial additions exceeding 2,000 sq. ft., or alterations of $500,000 or more that are not interior tenant improvements, permit applicants should continue to use the submittal template C-5 - Specific Locally Required Measures Only.
San Francisco Fire Commission Supports Changes to FARS Requirements
BOMA San Francisco Members,
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu visited the BOMA San Francisco office to discuss his newly introduced proposal, the San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance. This initiative would do two things: provide San Francisco employees who are caretakers or parents the right to request predictable and flexible workplace schedules, and it would prohibit employment discrimination based on an employee's status as a caretaker or parent.
Click here to review the language of the legislation.
BOMA's Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee will review the proposal to determine its impact, if any, to the commercial real estate industry and report their findings in a future blog post.
SCOTUS Backs Property RightsIn a decision that will affect a wide range of land-use regulations, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Florida property owner was unfairly required to compensate in exchange for the ability to develop property in the case known as Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management Agency. The case examined the extent to which a local government can place conditions on the issuance of land use permits.
For more detail, click here for a story written by Mike Berger who filed an amicus curiae brief supporting the property owner on behalf of the business, real estate, and development communities of BOMA, NAIOP, and ICSC.
AB 758 - Comprehensive Energy Efficiency in Existing Commercial Buildings
The next major step in the AB 758 Regulatory Process is underway and BOMA members have an opportunity to provide input and guide California policy that will have an impact on you and your tenant's business. This is an issue BOMA California has been working on for several years now, in collaboration with the Energy Commission, green energy groups, and other stakeholders – its a regulatory plan that is being written to tackle energy efficiency in existing commercial buildings.
Once the draft action plan is finalized, the strategies – both voluntary and mandatory – will be translated into regulatory language and moved forward for adoption. As such, it's important to assure that what is contained in the final document makes sense from both a technological and economic standpoint. BOMA California wants to make sure that regulatory red tape is kept to a minimum to avoid unnecessary paperwork.
Please have your energy experts and people involved in leasing and real estate transactions. Energy efficiency strategies are important, but so are the triggers used by the state to enforce any mandates. Provide any feedback you may have to email@example.com.
Recently, the annual California Commercial Real Estate Summit (CCRES) was held in Sacramento and attended by over 90 real estate leaders who converged on California’s Capitol to advocate on behalf of the commercial, retail, and industrial real estate industry. Fourteen teams of advocates met with many members of the California State Legislature.
The goal of the California Commercial Real Estate Summit is to increase public policy and political awareness of state issues impacting commercial, industrial, and retail real estate, and to foster collaborative efforts among business leaders from all sectors of California and their representatives in at the Capitol.
The focus of this year’s CCRES was support for Proposition 13 and opposition to moving forward with proposals to allow a split roll property tax and/or removal of protections provided by the 2/3s vote requirement for parcel taxes. Reports back from BOMA San Francisco members and others who met with Legislators ranged from support of Proposition 13, to vague understanding of its provisions, to strict opposition. BOMA members explained the day-to-day realities of the real estate industry and how protections from unfettered property tax increases has meant the difference between success and failure. Members also elucidated how the state’s stable tax structure benefits our tenants and the state’s small businesses.
In addition, the 2013 Legislator of the year award was delivered to the following policymakers: Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose), Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim), and Senator Mark Wyland (R-Escondido).
CCRES delegates also heard from a wide range of speakers including State Controller John Chiang (D), the Governor’s top staffer Nancy McFadden, Executive Secretary for Legislation, Appointments and Policy, and Kish Rajan who is the director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.
Thank you to the BOMA San Francisco members who attended the summit.
BOMA International remains on the front lines for achievable and cost-effective building codes against the growing influence of powerful groups lobbying for costly shifts in building regulations. BOMA continues to lead the opposition to a number of onerous and unnecessary code change proposals, which, in recent years, has saved the commercial real estate industry:
An additional $3.50 per square foot of commercial real estate was saved with the disapproval of a number of smaller miscellaneous code changes. Learn more.
Did you miss the BOMA 2013 Every Building Conference & Expo in San Diego? Click on the links below to read about the entire conference. Thank you to the over 40+ BOMA San Francisco members who attended and conveyed their expertise to others in the industry.
Regarding AB 1103 (Mandatory Benchmarking), please review the notification, below, from the California Energy Commission stating that the regulations will not be enforced until September 1, 2013, due to Energy Star system maintenance.
The ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager (Portfolio Manager) will be unavailable for public use during a planned upgrade to the system between June 24 and July 9, 2013.
Additionally, several California Investor Owned Utilities have indicated that they will not be able to upload energy use data to owners’ Portfolio Manager accounts under section 1684(b) of the regulations for an additional two weeks after Portfolio Manager is back online.
This coincides with the implementation date of Assembly Bill #1103, the Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure regulations (California Code of Regulations, Title 20, §1680 et seq).
The California Energy Commission will suspend enforcement of these regulations until August 1, 2013 because of the unavailability of Portfolio Manager. In the interim, the Energy Commission encourages nonresidential building owners to disclose the required information to prospective buyers, lessees, and lenders to the extent feasible. For recommendations on how to comply with the regulations while Portfolio Manager is unavailable, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.
Original Post - May 13, 2013
AB 1103 Benchmarking Resources
BOMA California has been working on the The Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program (AB 1103) for over five years. The mandatory Energy Star disclosure law commences this summer.
The effective date of the regulations is July 1, 2013 for large buildings (more than 50,000 square feet); January 1, 2014 for medium buildings (more than 10,000, and up to 50,000 square feet); and July 1, 2014 for small buildings (5,000 up to 10,000 square feet).
Anytime you finance, sell, or lease a whole building, you are required to run the Energy Star numbers and provide that information to the other party in the transaction as well as the California Energy Commission (CEC).
The Energy Commission staff is working to provide online resources to help you comply with this new law. Here are several items you can find already online:
The Energy Commission is also working on a FAQ document and requests BOMA member input. If, after reading through the materials, you are unclear on how to comply with the law, or if there are lingering questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and your comments will be submitted to the CEC.
BOMA California thanks the staff at the CEC for working with our industry to address issues and resolve concerns throughout this process. They will continue to work with them as they move forward and are implemented.
The 2014 General Rate Case (GRC) – covering years 2014-2016 – is the major regulatory proceeding for PG&E to request the revenue needed to operate, maintain, repair and upgrade their gas distribution, electric distribution and electric generation facilities. The GRC is typically conducted every three years. This funding request reflects PG&E’s commitment to provide its customers with safe and reliable service. PG&E is building a safer and more reliable energy system that will continue to help California remain competitive on a national and global scale. The funding will be used to:
PG&E requested 6.4% increase in bundled average electric rates (6.0% for Large Commercial: E19 & E20) and 11.7% (Small Commercial: GNR1) and 5.7% (Large Commercial: GNR2) increase in small and large average gas rates. The actual distribution of the increase to each customer class depends on how the CPUC ultimately decides all issues in the GRC, as well as in a separate electric rate design proceeding filed in the first quarter of 2013.
PG&E expects the commission to issue a decision on PG&E’s request in December 2013 at the earliest.
What This Means for You
PG&E’s projected system bundled and DA/CCA electric rates are expected to increase as much as 6.4% (6.0% for Large Commercial: E19 & E20) and 7.8% (7.9% for Large Commercial: E19 & E20) respectively, if the CPUC approves PG&E’s requested funding. Bundled gas rates are expected to increase by 11.7% (Small Commercial: GNR1) and 5.7% (Large Commercial: GNR2) for small and large commercial classes. Please see the table below for projected rate change per class.
Additionally there are other proceedings currently pending before the CPUC that could change the estimated January 2014 electric rate impacts. Several key case filings are expected to be submitted by PG&E in the future. Along with the GRC, PG&E’s Annual Gas True Up and Annual Electric True Up will impact PG&E’s January 2014 rates.
Feel free to contact contact email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
The Buildings Performance Database (BPD) is the largest free, publicly available database of residential and commercial building energy performance information in the country. Please join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a webinar about how the BPD can help you:
With more than 1,500 users since the launch in June, the BPD provides access to an anonymous dataset of over 60,000 single-family, multifamily, commercial and public buildings from across the country. The DOE is continually looking for data contributions, and new datasets are being added regularly.
The Department is offering three webinar dates that will all include the same content: an overview of the BPD’s goals and design principles, a live demo of the tool, information on how to contribute data, and a question and answer session.
Target Audience: Building owners and managers, contractors and service providers, public agencies and energy efficiency program administrators
July 17, 4-5pm EDT: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/431031496
August 6, 4-5pm EDT: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/253735760
August 26, 4-5pm EDT: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/251238352
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
Benchmarking Energy Use in Commercial Buildings
Benchmarking as a Business
San Francisco – July 16,
8:30am – 3:00pm Register here
Sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Leveraging Benchmarking to Build Your Business - Given the implementation schedule for AB1103 and the City of San Francisco’s Commercial Building Energy Ordinance, thousands of commercial buildings across the state either are or will soon be required to benchmark their energy use with ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager tool. Offering this service can be a great way to launch your business, expand your services, or get your foot in the door with new prospects. In this full-day workshop, you’ll learn how to use advanced features of Portfolio Manager that will allow you to demonstrate just how (in)efficient your customer’s buildings really are and how to gauge the impact of energy improvements. You’ll also learn strategies for generating leads; how to price benchmarking-related offerings; how to cross-sell and up-sell your other offerings; how to demonstrate the value of efficiency in terms that your clients understand and value; how to motivate the various stakeholders to act on energy efficiency measures; and much more!
Sponsored by Pacific Gas and
AIA 4.0 HSW/SD and GBCI 4.0 CE (LEED)
Learn how to use the new and improved Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool! California law (AB 1103) will soon require the disclosure of an energy performance benchmarking score prior to selling, refinancing, or leasing certain whole buildings. Learn how to benchmark your building's energy performance with the help of PG&E's Automated Benchmarking Service – a free, easy-to-use service that automatically sends your commercial building's energy use information to the EPA's ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager every month. This class will include a hands-on benchmarking exercise using portable WiFi hotspots so that attendees can evaluate an actual building from start to finish and see the ENERGY STAR score.
Sponsored by Pacific Gas and
AIA 3.5 HSW/SD and GBCI 3.5 CE (LEED)
Getting your building's benchmarking score is just the beginning. This course explores how to set targets for improvement: estimating the actual amount of energy savings needed to reach a higher score; which low-cost and no-cost or capital upgrades might produce various magnitudes of savings; which utility incentive programs could help identify or finance those improvements; etc. It's not about what your building's score is today—it's about what you want that score to be and how to get it there!