ASHRAE Insights - August 2017 - 1
ASHRAE Insights August 2017
DOE Recognizes ASHRAE Certifications
By Mary Kate McGowan,
Associate Editor, News
Two ASHRAE certification programs,
the Building Commissioning Professional
(BCxP) and Building Energy Assessment
Professional (BEAP) certifications, have
been recognized by the U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE) as meeting the Better
Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG).
ASHRAE's pursuit of BBWG alignment
and DOE recognition helps ensure the continued validity and relevance of its commissioning and energy auditor certifications.
DOE recognition of these certification programs positions the employers of
BCxP- and BEAP-certified professionals to
compete for federal, state, and local government body contracts that call for certified
professionals to provide the services.
The recently launched BCxP certification validates competency to lead, plan,
coordinate, and manage a commissioning
team to implement commissioning processes in new and existing buildings. Nearly 70
building commissioning professionals have
already earned the BCxP certification, and
more than 600 ASHRAE certified Commissioning Process Management Professionals
(CPMP) are eligible to recertify as BCxPs.
More than 300 building energy assessment professionals already hold the BEAP
certification, which validates competency
to assess building systems and site conditions, analyze and evaluate equipment and
energy use, and recommend strategies to
optimize building resource use. BEAPs also
qualify to perform "In-Operation" ratings
for ASHRAE's Building Energy Quotient
The Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines were developed in collaboration
between DOE and the commercial energy
performance industry to strengthen the
growing energy efficiency market by certifying a highly skilled workforce. DOE
recognizes programs that meet these established guidelines.
ASHRAE had a role in developing the
Guidelines through its participation on the
Board of Advisors for the National Institute
of Building Sciences' Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council.
2017 ASHRAE Annual Conference
President Calls for 'Extending Our Community'
The 2017 Annual Conference's locale of Long Beach, Calif., contributed to a "beach" motif for
the event, intended to evoke a sense of fun in addition to the important work of the Conference.
ASHRAE members celebrate the opening of the Conference by tossing beach balls skyward.
More on the Conference, Pages 2, 3
Offers Practical Advice
This year's ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference will continue
to offer attendees practical, "how to"
information about the latest industry
processes. However, it will be different
than previous Conferences.
ASHRAE has partnered with the
American Institute of Architects to add
several integrated design teams and
simulation-aided design case studies to
the program. The conference's program
is expected to be approved for 23 Professional Development Hours (PDH), AIA
Learning Units, and LEED AP credits.
The conference-scheduled for Sept.
27 - 29 in Atlanta-will also include
the third annual ASHRAE LowDown
Showdown Modeling Competition, a
real-world building efficiency challenge
for architects, designers, and energy
2017 - 18 President Bjarne W. Olesen, Ph.D., Fellow/Life
Member ASHRAE, gives his inaugural address. Olesen
announced his term's theme will be "Extending Our
Community." Olesen will focus on extending ASHRAE's
global community, technological horizons and overall value
to the Society's members.
ASHRAE, UNEP Partner on
Successful eLearning Course
By Mary Kate McGowan,
Associate Editor, News
Oscar Quiroz displays his Certificate of
Completion for the refrigerants course.
ASHRAE and United Nations Environment Programme paired up to launch a
new eLearning course to help developing
countries better understand and implement
Montreal Protocol regulations.
ASHRAE President Bjarne W. Olesen,
Ph.D., Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE,
announced the course, "Refrigerants Literacy," at the 39th Meeting of the Openended Working Group, held the week of
July 11 - 14 in Bangkok, Thailand.
UNEP commissioned ASHRAE to develop the course based on ASHRAE's subject matter expertise and knowledge base.
During the meeting, participants could
ask questions about and try out the course.
The feedback will be used in future revisions of the course and other ASHRAE
See eLearning Course, Page 2
Meeting That Led to Ice Plants
"In 1888 a secret meeting was held
in New York of the leading six manufacturers of refrigerating machinery. The
point of the meeting was to show that the
sales of the previous years had gone way
beyond the normal demand. One outfit
had 72 compressors in New York breweries - and there were no more breweries.
The way out, so the charts showed, was
to consolidate with one larger firm in
the West and one in the East. The newly
passed Sherman Act meant caution.
"The idea was received and accepted.
'But who should be the one, or the two,
to absorb the rest?' 'Who was to bell the
cat?' Months of subsequent argument
failed to find an answer but the next
winter the ice crop failed utterly and the
building of ice plants started on a generation or more of great activity."
-Refrigerating Engineering, December 1934, p. 298