The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has launched the BOMA 360 Performance Program to recognize commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in building operations and management. It is an online self-assessment to evaluate properties in major areas of building management.

The program will add value to commercial buildings at a crucial time, said BOMA International Chair Richard D. Purtell, portfolio manager at Grubb & Ellis Management Services Inc. Buildings are scored using an extensive checklist, including emergency and disaster planning and recovery plans, energy management, financial management, equipment maintenance and education and training.

Categories include life safety, security and risk management, as well as tenant relations, environment and energy, among others. The first group of BOMA 360 Performance Buildings will be recognized at the June 29 General Session of the 2009 BOMA International Conference & The Office Building Show in Philadelphia.