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High-Performance Building Design Certification Available

By CP Editorial Staff February 2008 - Energy Efficiency

A new certification program from ASHRAE for high-performance building design professionals has been recently made available.

The new certification program provides training and tools for the design of high-performance buildings that live up to their performance capability, according to ASHRAE.

The exam includes sustainability concepts, HVAC and sustainable processes and environmental improvement programs and rating systems; energy analysis; indoor environment; controls and monitoring; benchmarking with performance metrics; water conservation, commissioning in sustainable construction; and operation and maintenance of high-performance buildings.

“This new certification program will allow practitioners to demonstrate a well-rounded understanding and knowledge of how HVAC&R design is integrated into high-performing buildings to achieve the overall goal of sustainable practice used in green buildings,” says Kent Peterson, P.E., ASHRAE president.

“The program combines the criteria of ASHRAE Standards 90.1 (energy efficiency), 62.1 (ventilation) and 55 (thermal comfort) with the innovative approaches included in the Advanced Energy Design Guide series in an integrated design approach that strives to achieve practical, cost-effective high-performance building designs.”

The first exam will take place June 25 at ASHRAE’s 2008 Annual Meeting, June 21-25, Salt Lake City. Exams at testing centers around the world will become available in the fall.

The high performance design professional certification is renewable every three years, and those certified must earn 45 professional development hours during that time.


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