Local governments in several major metropolitan areas of the United States now require the use of ASHRAE-Certified individuals for energy efficiency projects.
The City of San Francisco enacted an energy audit ordinance in 2011, which states that buildings must meet or exceed ASHRAE standards for a Level 1 or Level 2 energy audit. The Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, which is being phased in over several years, requires an audit based upon the size of the building and must be conducted every five years. ASHRAE’s Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certification is listed on the City and County of San Francisco website as one of the certifications recognized for the provision of this service.
The City of New York’s Local Law 87 requires building audits that can lead to energy efficiency retrofits. This is for buildings of 50,000 square feet or larger. Recognized for these various services are the ASHRAE BEAP, the High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) and the Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP) certifications. BEAP was just added at the end of 2012.
In the City of Orlando, Fla., all of the audit, design and commissioning work required for energy efficiency projects are designated to be performed as per the requisite ASHRAE standards and procedures listed in the request for qualification statements.
For example, a request for qualification for a project to reduce energy use at City Hall requires that facility audit must be performed by at least one ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP), an energy model must be constructed by at least one ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP); and commissioning phase must be performed by at least one ASHRAE-Certified Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP). The request also calls for Phase One to include an ASHRAE Level 2 energy audit effort as prescribed and outlined in the ASHRAE publication “Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits, 2nd Edition."
“The purpose of requiring the ASHRAE specific certifications vs. other certifying agencies is to verify that the respondents are specifically qualified to perform these services as directed per ASHRAE procedures,” Nate Boyd, energy project manager in the city’s Office of Business and Financial Services, Fleet and Facilities Management Division. “We are attempting to standardize our procedures based on the guidance of the professional engineering society that best represents the collective intelligence of this industry. In keeping with the spirit of Mayor Buddy Dyer's Greenworks Initiative, ASHRAE's mission, values and technical knowledge base most closely mirrors our intent for the City's sustainability goals.”
Boyd said there may be changes to allow other certifications but the ASHRAE certifications will be considered the most qualified of all certifications listed in the qualification statements and will carry the most weight in the selection process.
Boyd currently serves the Central Florida Chapter as president-elect, and chair of the Programs, Grassroots Government Advocacy and Sustainability committees.
“I see my position as the energy manager of the City of Orlando as ideally situated to bring to functional fruition the advancements in the industry, both procedural and technical, that ASHRAE's purpose serves,” he said.