What We Do
Hear AOBA’s senior leadership speak about 2013 priorities!
The Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) is the leading membership organization representing commercial and multi-family residential real estate in the Washington, DC area. Serving members for more than 35 years since its establishment in 1974, AOBA continues to protect and enhance the value of its members’ investments through effective leadership and advocacy, information exchange, and professional development.
With six registered lobbyists on staff, AOBA’s non-partisan government affairs activities in DC, Maryland and Virginia provide members with substantial savings in utilities, property taxes and other regulatory fees-- savings that enhance value to owners, tenants and residents. For an overview of AOBA's effective government affairs department, click here. The organization is also engaged in on-going environmental initiatives and offers energy market updates and sustainability-related educational programs. (Click on Going Green for resources and helpful links.)
Throughout the year, AOBA also hosts special events that offer opportunities for members to connect with peers, recognize excellence through industry awards, and give back to our community. Visit our Meetings and Events page for upcoming programs and consider becoming an event sponsor. For a summary of AOBA's 2012 accomplishments, download 2012 Year in Review.
Who We Are
AOBA members are owners or managers of commercial and multi-family residential properties, as well as companies that provide products and services to the real estate industry. Currently, the combined portfolio of AOBA’s membership is approximately 170 million square feet of commercial office space and 245,000 residential units in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
AOBA is federated with the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) and the National Apartment Association (NAA). Through these affiliations, AOBA members are represented on Capitol Hill and before federal agencies, and have access to research and information, and forums for networking with peers across the country at the BOMA and NAA National Conventions.
Education and Professional Certification
AOBA offers a range of courses and seminars to give members the competitive edge in commercial and residential management. Through its federation with BOMA and NAA, AOBA members can participate in nationally recognized professional certification programs. For details, visit http://www.boma.org/TrainingAndEducation/ or http://www.naahq.org/education/.
Working Together to Reduce Energy Costs
In 2000, AOBA formed a subsidiary, AOBA Alliance, Inc., to provide owners and managers the ability to achieve savings in the procurement of energy and energy-related services through access to industry information and combined procurement. The largest customer-based energy aggregation group in the Metropolitan Washington Area, the AOBA Alliance has approximately 6,000 accounts, representing a total load of more than 600 MW of electrity and 2 BCF of natural gas.
How We’re Organized
AOBA is led by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected annually. Members who serve on numerous advocacy and program committees, together with AOBA’s professional staff, help accomplish the Association’s objectives, which include undertaking projects that give back significantly to our community and recognize excellence in the local real estate industry.