Fast and simple entry form that rewards innovation!

Earn industry-wide recognition for your ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS BUILDING... win and have the opportunity to compete nationally at BOMEX! The EARTH Award creates new marketing opportunities to prospective and existing tenants. Give them new insight to the exceptional standards and professionalism of your firm.

This award recognizes environmentally friendly and efficient buildings. The first set of points is based on the building's BOMA BEST score, which covers: energy management; indoor air quality; recycling; reduction and re-use; tenant awareness programs; and health and safety. Buildings with BOMA BEST level 1 automatically start with 65 points, all other levels begin with their total BOMA BEST score. The second set of points is related to innovative practises.



2021 categories

Office Building: All office buildings with at least 50% office area are eligible. Must have at least 50% office space.

Industrial Building: All buildings, comprising a total project, to include any single building industrial properties, one to two stories in height, with more than 5% and less than 50% office area. Building(s) must have a loading dock, roll-up or sliding rear door(s) for loading, with no common lobby or corridors except for restroom vestibules and utility or fire equipment access. 

Retail Building (Shopping Centre): A group of retail and other commercial establishments, either enclosed or open air, managed by one company. The entry must be managed as a single property, one to multiple levels in height with a minimum of 50% occupancy. The anchor ration must be at least 25 per cent and the property must contain at least one anchor retailer (grocery, fashion, department store, etc.).

The entry may consist of Neighborhood Centres (30,000-150,000 sf); Community Centres (100,000-400,000 sf); Power Centres (250,000-600,000 sf); Regional Shopping Centres (400,000-800,000 sf); or Super Regional Shopping Centres (800,000+ sf).

Multi-Unit Residential Building (MURB): Buildings comprised of a common entrance and separate units that are also known as apartments constructed for dwelling purposes. Must have one primary exterior door access, with each of the apartments connected by an interior door. All of the units must connect to each other (or a central corridor) by some interior door.

Low Rise (2 to 3) - building must comprise of two floors above ground, and four apartment dwelling units; Mid Rise (4 to 9); High Rise (10+); Multi-Unit Residential Building Complex (a group of buildings that have common management personnel, common management practises, and a common central plant.

Health Care Facility (hospitals/medical office buildings): General medical and surgical hospitals, critical access hospitals, and children's hospitals. These facilities provide acute care services intended to treat patients for short periods of time including emergency medical care, physician's office services, diagnostic care, ambulatory care, surgical care, and limited specialty services such as rehabilitation and cancer care.

To qualify as a Hospital, the following requirements must be met:
- more than 50% of the gross floor area of all buildings must be used for general medical and surgical services, AND;
- more than 50% of the licensed beds must provide acute care services, AND;
- these facilities must operate on a 24/7 basis, AND;
- Facilities that use more than 50% of the gross floor area for long-term care, skilled nursing, specialty care, and/or ambulatory surgical centers OR that have less than 50% of their beds licensed for acute care services are not considered eligible hospitals under this definition.

Medical office buildings that meet the following requirements:
- more than 50% of total facility space is used primarily to provide diagnosis and treatment (no major surgery) for medical, dental, or psychiatric outpatient care;
- these facilities do not operate on a 24/7 basis.

Universal Facility: There are no use restrictions or size restrictions applicable to the selection of the Universal Module. A Universal Building may be any one (or a combination of) the following building types: Adult Education, Aquarium, Automobile Dealership, Bank Branch, Bar/Nightclub, Barracks, Bowling Alley, Casino, College/University, Convenience Store with (or without) Gas Station, Convention Center, Courthouse, Data Center, Drinking Water Treatment & Distribution, Energy/Power Station, Fast Food Restaurant, Fire Station, Fitness Center/Health Club/Gym, Food Sales, Food Service, Hotel, Ice/Curling Rink, Indoor Arena, K-12 School, Laboratory, Library, Lifestyle Center, Mailing Center/Post Office, Mixed Use Property, Movie Theater, Museum, Utility, Other Stadium, Other – Education, Other – Entertainment/Public Assembly, Other – Lodging/Residential, Other – Mall, Other – Public Services, Other – Recreation, Other – Restaurant/Bar, Other – Services, Other – Technology/Science, Other – Utility, Parking, Performing Arts, Personal Services (Health/Beauty, Dry Cleaning, etc.), Police Station, Pre-school/Daycare, Prison/Incarceration, Race Track, Repair Services (Vehicle, Shoe, Locksmith, etc., Residence Hall/Dormitory, Restaurant, Retail Store, Roller Rink, Self-Storage Facility, Senior Care Community, Single Family Home, Social/Meeting Hall, Stadium (Closed), Stadium (Open), Supermarket/Grocery Store, Swimming Pool, Transportation Terminal/Station, Veterinary Office, Vocational School, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Wholesale Club/Supercenter, Worship Facility, Zoo.


In order to be eligible for the EARTH award:

  • Entrants must be BOMA BC members.
  • Buildings must be located in BC.
  • The building must have current BOMA BEST certification.
  • The building may not have won in the same category at the local level during the last three years.
  • There are no limitations to the number of buildings a property management firm or owner may enter.
  • Each building may enter in only one category.
  • The building must be occupied for at least one full year from the date of occupancy of the first tenant by March 2021, with a minimum of 12 months of building operations.
  • All categories must be at least 50% occupied.
  • An entrant may choose whether to enter multiple buildings as a single entry or as multiple entries only if the buildings are owned and managed by the same company, and the buildings are managed as a single entity. All entries must disclose on their application if their entry is for a single or multiple buildings.
  • If a building has new management or ownership, the award will be presented to the management company/owner at the time of the original entry. 
  • View the 'Categories' for additional requirements. 

Building Inspection:

BOMA acknowledges that onsite building inspections may be impacted. Judges have been given the option to conduct onsite or virtual inspections, or a combination. 

National Eligibility Requirements:

  • While a BOMA BEST level 1 building may win the BC competition, a building must score at least 70% to enter the BOMA Canada awards competition.

How To Enter

Application fee: $450 + GST 

Entry deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021

Photo/Image Requirements:

  • Seven to ten colour photos (Two exterior shots, four interior shots (ie: common areas, mechanical room, controls, recycling facilities) and one group shot of staff are the minimum picture requirements. The remaining photos are of your choice.
  • Company logo
  • Email them to; or use a free image-sharing service (i.e. Dropbox) and email the link to the folder to      

Photo specifications:

  • JPEG files only, saved as highest quality.
  • Each photo should be no less than 1mb and no more than 6mb.

* By submitting photos you consent to BOMA BC using the photos for various means potentially unrelated to the Awards Program (i.e. in the newsletter, marketing materials, on the website). If you do not give permission, please send an email to BOMA’s Events & Education Manager.

Read the 'Helpful Hints 2021' brochure for more information.

Entry form

Past Winners






980 Howe Manulife Investment Management Office Building


777 Dunsmuir The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd. Office Building


Residences on Seventh Colliers International Multi-Unit Residential Building


401 West Georgia Oxford Properties Group Office Building
2014 4321 Still Creek Triovest Realty Advisors (BC) Office Building


885 West Georgia The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd. Existing Building


Library Square Tower SNC-Lavalin O&M Inc. Existing Building


Guinness Tower Oxford Properties Group Existing Building
2010 AXA Place Polaris Realty (Canada) Ltd. Existing Building
2010 3383 Gilmore Way Morguard Investments Ltd. New Building
2009 North Vancouver City Library City of North Vancouver New Building
2009 Park Place GWL Realty Advisors Inc. Existing Building
2008 510 Burrard Manulife Financial BC Existing Building
2008 Arts & Social Science Complex 1 Simon Fraser University New Building
2007 WorkSafeBC Richmond Complex WorkSafeBC Existing Building
2006 Manulife Place Manulife Financial BC Existing Building
2005 Metrotower Office Complex Ivanhoe Cambridge Existing Building
2005 Life Sciences Centre University of British Columbia New Building
2004 Terasen Centre TA Management Services Ltd. Existing Building
2004 401 Burrard Street Public Works and Government Services Canada New Building
2003 Sechelt Justice Services Centre British Columbia Buildings Corporation New Building
2002 Vancouver Island Technology Park British Columbia Buildings Corporation Existing Building
2002 The Liu Centre University of British Columbia New Building
2001 SeaBus and Port Coquitlam/Surrey Transit Centres Coast Mountain Bus Company Existing Building
2001 Discovery O & Y Enterprise (BC) New Building
1999 Burnaby Fraser Tax Ser. Office Brookfield LePage Johnson Controls New Building
1999 Waterfront Centre Oxford Properties Existing Building
1998 Vancity Centre Vancouver City Savings Credit Union Existing Building
1997 Metrotower II Cambridge Leaseholds Ltd. Existing Building
1997 Crestwood 8 Bentall Property Management Inc. New Building
1996 UBC C.K. Choi Building University of BC New Building