ASHRAE certifications & Bldg Ratings

ASHRAE professional certification programs

These were programs founded to meet industry need as identified through market research and today provide value to many important stakeholders. Developed by subject matter experts, including those recruited from allied professional organizations, ASHRAE certification programs benchmark with the ANSI/ISO accreditation standards for personnel certification programs to help ensure quality. For the past 100+ years ASHRAE has worked hard to earn and maintain a worldwide reputation for being the leader in HVAC&R design. ASHRAE certification programs serve to reinforce that reputation.

Value for Certification Earners
The decision to pursue a certification is not one lightly made by busy professionals, but the benefits of getting certified are many. In a 2016 “Value of Certification” survey, this is what respondents had to say:
    I'm proud to hold my ASHRAE certification (94%),
    ASHRAE certification validates my level of specialized knowledge and ability (89%),
    ASHRAE Certification is a good barometer of how serious someone is about their career (83%),
    ASHRAE certification helps differentiate me from my peers (82%),
    Studying for the ASHRAE Certification Exam enhanced the breadth and depth of my knowledge and ability (77%),
    In my field, ASHRAE Certification has provided me with greater professional recognition (73%).

Value for Employers
Hiring – and retaining – the right employees is an expensive proposition with many unknowns.
Taking ASHRAE certification into consideration during the process – and embracing it in the corporate culture – confers the following benefits to HR, the hiring manager and the employer:
    Recruit the most-qualified professionals
    Elevated reputation and credibility among current and potential customers
    Enhanced compliance with applicable local, state and federal requirements
    Greater job satisfaction and resulting lower turnover
    Provides clear, value-added professional development path

ASHRAE Certification Types

More than 2,500 certifications have been earned by professionals who have demonstrated their knowledge and expertise in the HVAC&R industry. Gain a competitive edge by earning one of the following ASHRAE certification types:
BCxP – Building Commissioning Professional Certification
Validates competency to lead, plan, coordinate and manage a commissioning team to implement commissioning processes in new and existing buildings.

BEAP – Building Energy Assessment Professional Certification
Validates competency to assess building systems and site conditions; analyze and evaluate equipment and energy usage; and recommend strategies to optimize building resource utilization. 

BEMP – Building Energy Modeling Professional Certification
Validates competency to model new and existing building and systems with the full range of physics; and evaluate, select, use, calibrate and interpret the results of energy modeling software where applied to building and systems energy performance and economics.

HBDP – High-Performance Building Design Professional Certification
Validates competency to design and integrate sustainable HVAC&R systems into high performing buildings.

HFDP – Healthcare Facility Design Professional Certification
Validates competency to incorporate standards, guidelines and regulatory codes as well as unique healthcare facility requirements and design principles in HVAC system design.

OPMP – Operations & Performance Management Professional Certification
Validates competency to manage facility operations and maintenance to achieve building performance goals, including those related to indoor environmental quality, health and safety.

For more information, go to the certifications page of the ASHRAE.ORG by clicking <ASHRAE Prof Devlpmt>

ASHRAE Building Ratings

ASHRAE's Building EQ Portal provides a quick energy analysis that benchmarks a building's energy performance. Building EQ assists in the preparation of an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit to identify means to improve a building's energy performance including low-cost, no-cost energy efficiency measures and an Indoor Environmental Quality survey with recorded measurements to provide additional information to assess a building's performance.

Two different evaluations can be used independently to compare a candidate building to other similar buildings in the same climate zone or together for an assessment of a building's design potential compared to actual operation:

In Operation compares actual building energy use based on metered energy information.

As Designed compares potential energy use based on the building's physical characteristics and systems with standardized energy use simulation.

For more information, go to the bEQ page of the ASHRAE.ORG webpage by clicking -ASHRAE bEQ-