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 Email Share Share Other Open Social Related Coverage Which HVAC Refrigerants Are the Greenest? Strategies for Success with Radiant Heating and Cooling ENERGY STAR Specification on Commercial Packaged Boilers Released Related Articles HVAC ENERGY STAR's New Specification for Boilers HVAC New Metrics Launched for Data Center Assessment HVAC The Importance of Submetering for Determining Energy Consumption for Billing, Allocation & the Effects of Efficiency Improvements HVAC 5 Green Roofs that Showcase System Flexibility Sustainability / Resilience How to Future-Proof Your Building Building Controls The First Steps of Adding Intelligence to Your Facility Energy Management How to Increase Productivity and Engagement in Outdoor Spaces Building Controls Fine-Tuning HVAC Controls for Maximum Efficiency HVAC Fine-Tuning HVAC Controls for Maximum Efficiency Related Articles Is Your HVAC System Spreading Thirdhand Smoke? How IoT Devices Enable Predictive Maintenance Explore chilled beam systems as a new HVAC possibility Meet The District Energy Loop: A Larger-Scale Geothermal Heat Pump Strategies for Success with Radiant Heating and Cooling 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. Increase profitability by cleaning smarter and transforming your building into a high performing asset. Get tips from High Performance Building experts Whether it’s earning an IREM credential or increasing your job skills, any goal in property management can be accomplished with IREM education. Click here to visit our website!