Building Energy Use Highlighted in Newest ASHRAE Certification Program

10/09/2009 |

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. Such a tool is even more important today as building owners and developers become increasingly concerned about rising energy costs and potential obligations under climate change programs.

To ensure that professionals modeling a building’s energy use have the skills necessary to produce an accurate model, ASHRAE is launching a Building Energy Modeling Professional Certification.

“Energy modeling is one of the most effective ways to achieve energy efficiency when designing sustainable buildings,” says Gordon Holness, ASHRAE president. “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, ASHRAE’s newest certification program strives to ensure that engineers and architects achieve the highest possible standards when it comes to sustainable design.”

The Building Energy Modeling Professional certification 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 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. Additionally, the certification will highlight a consultant’s ability to act as a leader for projects that focus on energy efficiency, especially projects that deal with green buildings and building labeling programs.

The certification will also be an essential element for guaranteeing the quality of ASHRAE’s soon-to-be launched Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) program by assuring that there is a competent pool of building energy modelers. The bEQ program will rely heavily on energy modeling and will feature both an “As Designed” and “In Operation” component, which will rate actual energy use (the “In Operation” component) and the results of a building energy model (the “As Designed” component).

The first exam for the new certification program will be administered Jan. 27, 2010, at the Winter Conference in Orlando, FL, and it will become available in testing centers worldwide in March 2010. The Building Energy Modeling Professional certification was developed in collaboration with the U.S. affiliate of the International Building Performance Simulation Association and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

To register for the exam, visit

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