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Center of Excellence for Building Decarbonization

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Training & Certification: 
Certified Decarbonization Professional (CDP) | Training | Building Decarbonization Game

Certified Decarbonization Professional (CDP) 

Apply by June 7 | Examine during June 25 – July 21 testing window.

The CDP certification program validates competency of the decarbonization professional to do the following: Assess, analyze, and develop effective and sustainable strategies that reduce/eliminate the life-cycle carbon footprint of new and existing buildings. Learn more.


ASHRAE currently offers an Introduction to Building Decarbonization training.

Courses are also under development for the following Guidebooks:

  • Grid-Interactive Buildings for Decarbonization 
  • Decarbonizing Hospital Buildings 
  • Decarbonizing Building Thermal Systems 
  • Building Decarbonization Retrofits for Commercial and Multifamily Buildings 
  • Whole Life Carbon Guide for Building Systems 

Building Decarbonization Game

The Building Decarbonization Strategy Game was developed by the ASHRAE Center of Excellence for Building Decarbonization as a fun, interactive group educational activity to learn about building industry drivers and best practices related to building decarbonization.

During the game, participants working individually (or in teams) first rank 10 building decarbonization market drivers for based on relative importance. Participants then rank 15 building decarbonization practices (related to project design, development, and construction) and 20 decarbonization measures (covering energy efficiency, facility management and renewable energy) based on relative impact.

Participant rankings are compared to rankings from a survey of over 50 ASHRAE Center of Excellence for Building Decarbonization (CEBD) Executive Committee and Working Group members and the individual (or team) with the lowest score (i.e., smallest difference in importance and impact ranking) wins the game...and a prize!