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By Mark ames

he	U.S.	General	Services	Administration	(GSA)	holds	one	of	the	nation’s	largest	building	stocks,	and	97%	of	its	facilities	are	managed	by	

contractors,	who	often	lack	qualified,	well-trained	individuals	to	manage	 federal	buildings	in	the	most	effective	manner.	More	than	$4	billion	in	 American	Recovery	and	Reinvestment	Act	funds	were	provided	to	GSA	to	 improve	energy	efficiency	and	sustainability	of	federally	owned	facilities.

And with operations and maintenance costs typically representing between 60% and 85% of the costs of a facility over its lifetime, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the need for better training of federal buildings personnel is clear. Taking action, ASHRAE worked with Representatives Russ Carnahan (D-MO), Judy Biggert (R-IL), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to develop and introduce bipartisan legislation to address this issue. The result of our work was the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (H.R.5112/S.3250). The Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act was introduced on Earth Day, April 22, 2010, and after several meetings and discussions with members of Congress and their staff, this bipartisan bill overcame a cramped legislative calendar, and became one of the last major acts of the 111th Congress, passing by at least two-thirds of the House, and unanimously in the Senate. This bill was signed by President Obama on Dec. 14, 2010, becoming public law. “This law is a significant advancement for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of our nation’s federal buildings,” said Lynn G. Bellenger, P.E., ASHRAE president. “ASHRAE applauds the federal government for demonstrating
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what can be accomplished in building and maintaining energy-efficient buildings with excellent indoor environmental quality.” The Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act applies to all federal personnel, including contractors. This new law will: Save Taxpayer Dollars on Operations and Maintenance Costs. With government oversight of training and certification for federal buildings personnel, this new law will save money in the efficient operations and management of the federal building stock. A recent study by the International Facilities Management Association showed that for every $1 spent on facility management training, organizations reported receiving an average of $3.95 in return. Identify Core Competencies. The GSA, in consultation with relevant professional societies, industry associations and apprenticeship training providers will identify core competencies necessary for federal personnel performing building operations and maintenance, energy management, safety and design functions to comply with federal law. Ensure Possession of Core Competencies. GSA will identify relevant courses, certifications, degrees, licenses and registrations to demonstrate possession of core competencies. These will be required of all federal personnel including
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contractors. This is important because, as noted earlier, 97% of all GSA operations and management are contracted out. Also, courses will be taught by private industry, apprenticeship training providers or institutions of higher education, not GSA. Continuing Education. GSA will work with industry and labor groups to develop and identify comprehensive continuing education courses to ensure that federal buildings keep up with industry best practices. Provide Certainty to Businesses. In developing these core competencies, private industry and laborers will have a defined skill set required to participate in federal buildings operations and management around the country. “What the American people want right now is spending cuts and jobs,” said Biggert, Republican Co-Chair of the Congressional High-Performance Building Caucus in the House of Representatives. (Representative Carnahan is the Democratic CoChair of this caucus, and ASHRAE chairs the coalition that supports the caucus.) “This bipartisan bill will help deliver both by cutting federal energy costs and helping train our workforce for good paying jobs utilizing cutting-edge, green technologies. The Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act is a smart investment in human energy that will benefit our environment and allow the federal government to lead by example in the rapidly developing field of high-performance building design and maintenance.” In coming months, core competencies, recommended curriculum, and other requirements described above will be developed by GSA and the U.S. Department of Energy in consultation with relevant professional societies, industry associations, and apprenticeship training providers. Mark Ames is ASHRAE’s manager of government affairs in Washington, D.C. mames@ashrae.org or www.ashrae.org/ advocacy.
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ASHRAE Journal - February 2011
Contents
Commentary
Industry News
Letters
Meetings and Shows
Feature Articles
Thermal Coupling of Cooling and Heating Systems
10 Common Problems in Energy Audits
Hall of Fame Feature: History of the Changing Concepts in Ventilation Requirements
A Guide to Wireless Technologies
Building Sciences
Solar NZEB Project
Emerging Technologies
People
Special Section
InfoCenter
Commissioning
Products
Washington Report
Classified Advertising
Advertisers Index
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ASHRAE Journal - February 2011 - Letters
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