New Certification Focuses on Facility Operations and Performance 09/03/2008 | A new certification program from Atlanta-based American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc. (ASHRAE) will help facilities professionals and consultants take advantage of energy-saving operational strategies. According to a study by the Energy Systems Lab at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, energy use in buildings can be reduced by 10 to 40 percent by improving operational strategies.The Operations and Performance Management Professional Certification (OPMP) program helps earners demonstrate their knowledge of the management of facility operations and maintenance, and their impact on HVAC/R system performance. The program will launch at the ASHRAE Winter Meeting in January and will be available via electronic testing centers worldwide starting in March 2009."With buildings using 40 percent of all energy in the United States, it's essential that their energy consumption be reduced," says Bill Harrison, ASHRAE president. "Every building, new or old, must be operated at its own optimum level. To do so, we must apply advanced knowledge and skills to building operations."Developed with input from the Alexandria, VA-based APPA and the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. General Services Administration, the OPMP certification program is intended for those working in facilities operations, management, construction, design, or consulting, and for those who have experience in facility operations and performance. OPMP certificants will demonstrate a well-rounded understanding and knowledge of the management of facility operations and maintenance, and the impact of O&M on HVAC/R performance.For more information on the OPMP certification, visit www.ashrae.org/certification. Previous ArticleNext ArticleENERGY STAR Announces 2013 Upgrade of Portfolio Manager Read more on HVAC » Twitter Facebook LinkedIn RSS Email to a Friend * required fields From* To * Message cancel Email Print Print Related Coverage Cut Costs with Cool Roofs New Guide on Ventilation Standards Released by ASHRAE ADDITIONAL FM TOPICS HVAC 5 Ways to Maintain Your Building Systems in the Summer (and Fall) Heat HVAC Tech Company to Share Innovations for Cooling Data Centers HVAC Cool Off Your Energy Bill with Chilled Beams HVAC Green Roof Guide: A Hard-Working Roof for Higher Ed Project Management The Key to Project Success: Collaboration Roofing The Vital Role of Insulation in Roofing Systems HVAC Portable Air Conditioners Taming Hot Summer Temperatures: Keeping People & Networks Safe Security A New Approach to Vendor Risk Management HVAC Maximize Your Return from HVAC Maintenance Plans Related Articles DOE Invests $15.8 million in Building Efficiency, HVAC Projects ENERGY STAR's New Specification for Boilers Don’t Buy HVAC Coils Before You Read This ENERGY STAR Specification on Commercial Packaged Boilers Released Why the HVAC Industry Benefits from Tax Reform Sponsored Links Smart roof systems improve building energy efficiency! Polyglass’ Polyfresko cap sheets with CURE Technology saves on energy. Engineered to perform, Polyfresko has superior granule adhesion and excellent puncture, stain and UV resistance.