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New NFPA fact sheet and upcoming webinar address issues facing offices, restaurants, and retail stores as they enter “the new normal”

Sign up for NFPA’s FREE webinar, Ensuring Safety as Buildings Return to a New Normal ,
on Wednesday, May 27, 1:00-2:00 pm EST, which will include a brief review
of the new fact sheet followed by a Q&A with panel of NFPA staff
May 21, 2020 – As stay-at-home policies ease and businesses reopen across the country, building owners and facility managers of offices, restaurants, and retail stores face unique challenges as they enter “the new normal.” Working to adhere to public health requirements and guidelines in response to COVID-19, businesses of all sizes are adjusting their physical configurations and operational usage to help minimize employee and customer exposure to the virus.
In that process, however, adequate levels of fire and life safety must be maintained.
With these challenges in mind, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed a new fact sheet, Ensuring Safety as Buildings Return to a New Normal , which works to help businesses meet states’ public health requirements while ensuring adequate levels of occupant safety.
“As businesses vigorously work to keep occupants safe from COVID-19, there is significant potential for modifications to be made that negatively impact fire and life safety levels, which could prove tragic in the event of a fire or other emergency,” said Jonathan Hart, a technical lead at NFPA. “While we completely understand and support efforts to minimize the virus’s spread, it’s critical that adequate safety is maintained in all capacities.”
The new fact sheet addresses guidelines and considerations in the following areas: egress management; queuing lines; occupant flow; partition placement; hand sanitizer storage and placement; automatic and power-operated doors; seating arrangements; and storage management.
NFPA will also be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 27 from 1:00-2:00 pm EST, which will include a brief overview of the fact sheet followed by a Q&A led by a panel of NFPA staff, including Jonathan Hart, Shawn Mahoney, and Val Ziavras. To register for the free webinar, go to: .
In addition, NFPA’s coronavirus landing page provides access all newly released documents, as well as existing COVID-19 related information, guidelines, and resources provided to date. 
Learn the Secret to Optimizing Your Class B and C Properties
Due to unique constraints, Class B and C office buildings tend to adopt energy efficiency and green leasing measures at a lower rate than Class A assets, but green strategies can really pay off for these properties—from adding long-term value to lowering energy costs to better aligning with tenant expectations.
Join BOMA International, Rocky Mountain Institute and Urban Land Institute on Thursday, May 28, at 1 pm Eastern for this free webinar highlighting key takeaways from Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings , their groundbreaking joint research project sponsored by BOMA International Cornerstone Partner Yardi. The webinar will feature experts with both ownership and property management perspectives on how they gained a competitive edge from implementing energy efficiency and green leasing in Class B and C office buildings.
Space is limited to the first 500 registrants and is filling up fast. Can't attend the live event? Register now and view on-demand starting the next day.
CDC Decision Tree for Reopening Workplaces
As markets across the United States gradually reopen, property managers and tenants alike must prepare for what a phased return to the office will entail. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a workplace “decision tree” flowchart , summarizing the safeguards that employers must meet in order to proceed with workplace reopening plans. Throughout the decision process, property managers are encouraged to communicate with tenants, exchange reopening plans and refer to BOMA International’s Getting Back to Work: Preparing Buildings for Re-Entry Amid COVID-19 for additional guidance.
BOMA International has released its fifth coronavirus guidance document – Industrial Re-Set: Operational and Management Guidelines for Industrial Properties Amid
COVID-19. While tenants in office buildings have been working at home in response to state-mandated stay-at-home orders, most tenants in warehouse, distribution, and manufacturing industrial facilities have been reporting to work as usual, but at the same time dealing with COVID-19 health and safety challenges. This new document, developed by a sub-group of BOMA International’s Industrial Committee, offers management best practices for owners and property managers of industrial properties, as well as suggested operational and workforce guidance tenants may want to consider. Below is the link to the new document which can also be accessed from BOMA’s Coronavirus Resource Center at .


Patricia M. Areno, CAE
Senior Vice President
BOMA International
1101 15 th Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005

Visit BOMA International’s  Coronavirus Resource Center  for the latest guidance tailored to the commercial real estate industry at   .
Watch for Upcoming Events
National Flag Day Initiative on June 14
On behalf of BOMA International we are pleased to join with 20 BOMA local associations (Greater Buffalo, Greater Charlotte, Chicago, Greater Cincinnati, Greater Cleveland, Denver Metro, Metro Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Greater Los Angeles, Greater Minneapolis, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Greater Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Antonio) in the upcoming National Flag Day Initiative on June 14. This nationwide effort by the National Flag Foundation working with many groups is organizing a national red, white and blue light up night/weekend this Flag Day, and separately is asking all American citizens to fly a U.S. Flag the weekend of June 14. This year’s Flag Day is unique as a show of national unity and respect in these challenging days as we honor those who have perished due to the COVID 19 pandemic, as well as the men and women who have served and worked during the crisis to keep America safe.
We are proud to participate in this effort and once again promote this initiative by the National Flag Foundation (NFF) – . Please consider joining with us next month in this very worthy effort and let us know you are participating and share any promotions or pictures from the event for us to cover.
We hope you are Healthy & Safe!
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