Monday, October 10, 2011

Building Energy Efficiency Certifications

Licensed professional engineers and registered architects have long been practicing in the building energy efficiency market. However, in addition to these licensed programs, there are a number of nationally-recognized professional building energy efficiency certifications. When asked by peers, my first suggestions have always been the Association of Energy Engineers' Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) certifications, the Building Performance Institute's Multifamily Building Analyst (MFBA) certification, and ASHRAE's High Performance Building Design Professional (HPBD) and Commisioning Process Management Professional (CPMP) certifications. I now have to add to that ASHRAE's relatively new Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certification.

Launched approximately eight months ago, this certification program was developed by ASHRAE in collaboration with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the National Institute of Building Science, the Testing Adjusting and Balancing Bureau and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractor National Association. The program is specifically designed to certify an individual's ability to audit and analyze buildings including determining project scope, collecting data, analyzing building performance, interpreting results, evaluating alternatives, submitting recommendations for energy conservation measures, and assisting with implementation of these recommendations. The certification requires an individual to meet certain eligibility criteria and pass a written examination. All those who pass the examination are posted on ASHRAE's website. To date, approximately 100 individuals have already received this new certification.

In view of all the complexities associated with the assessment of building energy performance, it would be wise to rely on the services of qualified individuals. Certifications are one way to accomplish this.

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