Building Owners and Managers Association

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA International), founded in 1907, is a professional organization for commercial real estate professionals based in the United States[1] and Canada. Its membership includes building owners, managers, developers, leasing professionals, corporate facility managers, asset managers, and the providers of the products and services needed to operate commercial properties and it publishes The BOMA magazine.[1] BOMA's U.S. membership represents a combined total of nearly 10.4 billion square feet of office property that supports approximately 1.8 million jobs.


Advocacy is key function of BOMA International staff who monitor and lobby pertinent legislative, regulatory and codes/standards issues, including electricity deregulation, capital gains tax relief, telecommunications, indoor air quality, private property rights, risk assessment, and codes and standards. BOMA International has been working towards securing goals in capital gains tax relief, terrorism insurance extensions and energy efficiency tax deductions.

Publications and standardsEdit

BOMA International has several publications to communicate various topics to its members, including The BOMA Magazine, the official publication of BOMA International; the Experience Exchange Report, a compilation of income and expense data for office buildings across North America reporting on over 1 billion square feet of office space and the industry benchmark for more than 85 years; as well as several “how-to” guidebooks with information on everything from writing a commercial real estate lease to standard methods for measuring floor area.

  • The BOMA Method for the Measurement of Buildings has become an international standard for determining the dimensions of buildings.[2][3] Architects find this method of area analysis to be easy to use for measuring rentable and usable square footage.[4]

International affiliatesEdit

International Affiliates who operate for BOMA International in other countries outside of the US are listed below:[5]

  • Australia (Property Council of Australia)
  • Brazil (Associacao Brasileira das Empresas do Mercado Imobiliario (ANMI))
  • Canada (BOMA/Canada)
  • China (China Office Building Owners and Managers Association (COBOMA))
  • Finland (Finnish Association of Building Owners and Construction Clients (RAKLI))
  • Greece (Greek Green Building Council)
  • Indonesia (BOMA Indonesia)
  • Japan (Japan Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Japan))
  • Korea (Korea Building Owners and Managers Association (KBOMA))
  • Mexico (BOMA Mexico, Instituto Mexicano del Edificio Inteligente y Sustentable, A.C. (IMEI))
  • New Zealand (Property Council New Zealand)
  • Panama (Associacion de Propietarios de Inemuebles (API))
  • The Philippines (BOMA of the Philippines, Inc. (BOMAP) & Philippine Association of Building Administration, Inc. (PABA))
  • Russia (Guild of Property Managers and Developers (GMD))
  • South Africa (South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA))
  • United Kingdom (British Council for Offices (BCO))

Each affiliate may pursue initiatives unique to their respective nation independent of BOMA International such as BOMA Canada's BOMA BESt program [6]


Each summer BOMA International hosts its Annual Conference and The Office Building Show.

In January, BOMA International sponsors a Winter Business Meeting and in the spring hosts the National Issues Conference.

Professional certificationsEdit

As of March 2022 BOMI offers the following professional certifications / credentials for real estate professionals:

Name Post-nominal
Real Property Administrator[7][8][9] RPA
Facilities Management Administrator[7] FMA
Systems Maintenance Technician[7] SMT
Systems Maintenance Administrator[7] SMA


  1. ^ a b "About BOMA International". Official Website. Building Owners and Managers Association. Archived from the original on 22 November 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  2. ^ Posner, Walter H. (2002). The Leasing Process: A Guide for the Commercial Tenant. Captus Press. p. 51-56. ISBN 978-1553220367. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  3. ^ "BOMA Office Standards". Extreme Measures. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  4. ^ Ungar, Gary (2018). Your Architecture Career: How to Build a Successful Professional Life. Allworth Press. p. 99. ISBN 9781621536352. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  5. ^ "International Affiliates". BOMA International.
  6. ^ "BOMA BESt". BOMA Canada.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Designation Programs - BOMI International". BOMI International. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  8. ^ "RPA: Real Property Administrator". Find a Pro. Houston Association of Realtors. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  9. ^ Prandi, Melissa, MPM (2009). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Property Manager. Alpha Books. ISBN 9781101140628. Retrieved 31 August 2018.

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