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New Certification Program Eyes Building Energy Use
October 23, 2009

To ensure that professionals modeling a building’s energy use have the skills necessary to produce an accurate model, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is launching a Building Energy Modeling Professional certification.

As building owners and developers become increasingly concerned about rising energy costs and potential obligations under climate change programs, building energy modeling helps provide a preview into a building’s likely energy use and allows decisions affecting energy use to be made before a shovel even hits the ground.

Criteria to improve the accuracy of building energy models will help address some of the growing concerns within the building community that building designs do not necessarily translate to actual energy use once a building is constructed.

Professionals who pass the certification exam will have demonstrated their ability to evaluate, choose, use, calibrate and interpret the results of energy modeling software, as well as confirm their competence to model new and existing buildings and systems with their full range of physics.

ASHRAE’s newest certification will become available at testing centers located around the world in March 2010 and was developed in collaboration with the U.S. affiliate of the International Building Performance Simulation Association and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA).


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