The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY®) Awards is the most prestigious and comprehensive program of its kind in the commercial real estate industry recognizing quality in commercial buildings and rewarding excellence in building management.
During the competition, all facets of a building’s operations are thoroughly evaluated. Buildings are judged on everything from community involvement, tenant relations and site management to environmental and “green” policies and procedures.
The competition consists of three levels and begins at the BOMA local association level. Winning entries advance from there to the regional level and, finally, regional winners advance to the international level. The international TOBY Awards are presented at the BOMA International Conference in June each year.
Log in to begin the process and register your building for entry.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What category is my building eligible to compete?
Refer to the categories section of the TOBY Entry Requirements pages 2 – 4. All buildings must have at least 50 percent of a building’s space used as office space with the exception of Industrial, Mixed-Use, Public Assembly and Retail. Buildings submitted in the Industrial category must have more than 5% and less than 50% office area as measured by BOMA standards. Buildings submitted in the Mixed-Use category must have at least 10% office space. Buildings with office space must be at least 50 percent occupied.
- Am I able to enter my building in more than one category?
No. Each building may enter in only one category per TOBY cycle.
- May I compete in TOBY consecutive years?
If a building is competing in the same category in which they have already won, they may not compete again until after 5 years. If a building is competing in a different category in which they have won, they may not compete again until after 3 years. (i.e. Same category winners from 2017, may not compete until the 2023 TOBY cycle; building competing who’ve won in 2017 and wish to compete in a different category may not compete until the 2021 TOBY cycle.)
- Does my building have to be EnergyStar certified to compete?
No. Buildings are only required to benchmark their data and share it with BOMA International. Industrial, mixed-use, public assembly and retail buildings do not have to share their data. Canadian Entrants are required to obtain a BOMA BEST® certification and all other international entrants should contact BOMA International regarding energy performance benchmarking requirements.
- How old does my building have to be to enter into the TOBY competition?
The building must be occupied for at least one full year from the date of occupancy of the first tenant by June 15 of the TOBY competition year with a minimum of 12 months of building operations.
- Does every TOBY participant need to compete on the local level, even those that may have won Regional last year?
Yes. Regional winners must resubmit their entries each year to compete.
- May I submit more than one building as one entry?
You may submit two or more buildings as one entry if the buildings are connected by a lower lobby, share a central plant, connected by a walkway and/or there are any other common features the two buildings share.
Square Foot Categories
- When submitting in the square footage categories, should a building reference rentable square footage or gross square footage?
Net rentable square footage as measured by BOMA standards.
- When should the work projects be completed?
The completion of the work projects should be January (of the Award year) since the International judging takes place in May (of that year).
- In the tenant relations section, do the events hosted by the corporation qualify as tenant relations activities?
Events hosted by the management company should be specified and not the corporation’s activities.
- If my building fits under more than one category, which one should I choose?
When entering you should consider which category highlights your management company’s best performance and/or what factors drive the building’s operations.
- Does the Statement of Energy Performance generated from Portfolio Manager need to be signed and approved by a Professional Engineer?
No. The report is system generated and does not require a signature.
- Can more than one building be awarded a winner in any given category?
There should only be one winner in each TOBY category.
- Are video attachments allowed during the application process?
Video attachments are not permitted or accepted in the online system. Recognized file types are .jpegs, pdfs, docx.
- What is expected in identifying the buildings access controls?
Explain how the building controls entry into the building, especially during non-business/non-peak hours. Also explain how the building monitors activities in common areas. It is not necessary to include an entire policy manual on how this is handled.
- Under the Training for Building Personnel section, what is appropriate for providing a list of qualifications for buildings staff?
Provide a list of any industry certifications such as RPA, FMA, etc. as well as degrees held and/or continuing education or industry training programs that staff may have participated in. Any training or programs that staff has participated in that helps them do their job function better is appropriate for this section.
FEES AND DEADLINES
- Contact your local BOMA for details on local entry fees and deadlines
- A $25 data-submission fee will be collected to utilize the online system
- $25 data-submission fee (if not collected at the local level)
- $275 entry fee must be paid in order to submit a building for consideration in the regional and international competitions
- Additional regional fees may apply (check with your regional TOBY administrators) and will be collected at time of entry
- EnergyStar data must be benchmarked and shared with BOMA International by March 31
- Regional deadlines vary. Contact your regional TOBY administrator for more specifics.
- No additional fees apply
- Winning buildings at the regional level are automatically entered into the International Level
- Regional winners must be reported by April 6, 2018
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