ASHRAE offers Building Energy Modeling Professional certification
To ensure that professionals modeling a buildings energy use have the skills necessary to produce an accurate model, ASHRAE is launching a Building Energy Modeling Professional certification.
The first exam for the new certification program will be administered on Jan. 27, 2010, at the Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Energy modeling is one of the most effective ways to achieve energy efficiency when designing sustainable buildings, Gordon Holness, ASHRAE president, said. Since buildings consume 40 percent of all U.S. primary energy supplies, and energy modeling is only as good as the consultant who uses it, ASHRAEs newest certification program strives to ensure that engineers and architects achieve the highest possible standards when it comes to sustainable design.
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.
Additionally, energy modeling will play a vital role in ASHRAEs soon-to-be launched Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) program, which will feature both an As Designed and In Operation component. While the In Operation rating is based on actual energy use, the As Designed rating is based on the results of a building energy model.
Careful and consistent energy modeling will allow modeling results to be compared with the results of models from other buildings. According to Holness, the certification will be an essential element for guaranteeing the quality of the bEQ program by assuring that there is a competent pool of building energy modelers.
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.
The certification will also highlight a consultants ability to act as a leader for projects that focus on energy efficiency, especially projects that deal with green buildings and building labeling programs, such as bEQ.
The Building Energy Modeling Professional program will help the individuals who earn it to distinguish themselves by providing confirmation of their skills and specialties by an internationally recognized engineering society. Professionals with such certifications have better chances of being hired, promoted and/or tapped for working on certain types of design projects.
ASHRAEs 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.
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.
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