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ASHRAE Lends Support To 2010 Training Act
April 28, 2010

Federal legislation introduced recently, on Earth Day, will provide training for Federal building personnel in the areas of building operations and maintenance, energy management, safety and design functions.

The Federal Building Personnel Training Act of 2010 was introduced by Reps. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) and Judy Biggert (R-Il.) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-De.) and Susan Collins (R-Me.). It is supported by 33 leading organizations involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and by the High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC), a private sector building coalition established and chaired by The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The HPBCCC supports the High-Performance Buildings Caucus of the U.S. Congress, which is co-chaired by Carnahan.

The legislation would help provide Federal workers with the necessary training to construct and maintain environmentally sound buildings. Federal workers would be able to be trained in a series of core competencies relating to building operations, maintenance, energy management and safety and future performance. Workers would take courses and be able to obtain licenses and certification for their efforts.

Doug Read, ASHRAE program director of government affairs, noted that ASHRAE played a critical role in drafting this bipartisan legislation. ASHRAE will work with myriad organizations such as NIBS, the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects, on behalf of this measure.

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