Whether the energy savings motivation is driven by environmental awareness, economics, or compliance, building owners and facility managers would be well served to look into energy efficiency as a way to achieve a reduced carbon footprint, save money and accomplish regulatory compliance.
The potential to reduce energy consumption in existing and new commercial buildings is enormous. On average, 30 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Executive Director Steven Nadel once put it brilliantly, “The cheapest energy is the energy you don’t have to produce in the first place.” To that, we would add, “and the cleanest.”
Getting at potential energy savings requires careful analysis, astute interpretation of data, effective project execution and thorough measurement and verification of results. In nearly all cases, an energy retrofit project should be placed in the hands of trained, experienced and certified professionals.
The Energy Management Association is proud to be the Official Media Partner of Energy Manager Today. Established in 2013, the EMA is a nonprofit association dedicated to the advancement of the energy management profession. EMA strives to promote a better understanding of the energy management process through education, training and certification.
EMA’s Energy Management Professional (EMP) certification program recognizes competence and promotes continual professional development among energy management professionals. The EMP program is ANSI-accredited, and recognized by the Department of Energy Better Buildings® Workforce.
EMPs work closely with clients and other project team members to develop and implement strategies that achieve energy-related goals, improve energy efficiency, and optimize building performance. The scope of the EMP’s expertise extends far beyond a single energy audit or energy efficiency exercise. In addition to understanding building systems, EMPs are familiar with commissioning processes and the testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) services that provide much of the site-based data that support detailed analysis and project planning.
EMA’s mission includes creating training resources for its EMPs. We are making several of these resources available for Energy Manager Today readers as part of our role as Official Media Partner.
Free Resources for Energy Manager Today Readers:
Energy Management Guideline
Available for free download, the Energy Management Association’s Energy Management Guideline provides a complete framework for a commissioning-based energy management process that achieves maximum energy efficiency and optimum building performance. The 247-page Guideline is used in conjunction with the training programs the EMA provides for its EMP certification.
EMA’s webinar program covers a wide spectrum of topics, from energy management techniques and principles, to technologies, to case studies. Viewers of live events receive AIA continuing education units (CEUs) that are widely accepted for energy-related professional certifications.
Free Webinar: EMA, ENERGY STAR Cohosting Webinar: State and Local Energy Policies: Trends in Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure
Thursday, August 29, 2019
12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern
The trend continues for state and local governments to require commercial building owners to benchmark their buildings, and submit the results for public disclosure. These disclosure laws are driving demand for both benchmarking services as well as efficiency projects to help building owners improve upon the performance levels revealed through benchmarking. In some jurisdictions, requirements include regular energy audits or retro-commissioning for buildings that aren’t certified or don’t achieve a certain score. Commissioning and energy services providers can take advantage of this trend by understanding which localities have disclosure ordinances, what the reporting deadlines are, and by offering timely services to support compliance and improvement of scores. This webinar will provide viewers with the resources to identify disclosure laws by location, type and requirements.
- Understanding the trend toward energy transparency through state and local government policies
- Knowing the role of ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager in government policies in order to support compliance
- Identifying ordinances that incorporate requirements for improvements and how those laws are structured
- Understanding the business opportunity that benchmarking laws present for engineering and architecture firms
Presenters: Brendan Hall, Program Manager, ENERGY STAR; Edward Armstrong, Executive Director, EMA
Free Webinar: Essential Techniques and Calculations for Energy Managers & Commissioning Authorities
Thursday, Sept. 19
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern
This webinar will review calculations, formulas and unit conversions needed for ASHRAE level audits and commissioning (Cx) activities. Among the many topics covered are: establishing an energy baseline, analyzing utility consumption, energy performance benchmarks, identifying/evaluating energy conservation measures (ECMs).
- Understand the importance of energy management and its synergy with commissioning
- Key qualifications and services for an energy manager
- Energy planning, auditing and savings persistence – process and strategies
- Why technical certificates, like Energy Management Professional (EMP) are important
The instructor for the webinar is:
EMA President Robert Knoedler, P.E., CxA, EMP. Mr. Knoedler, serves as the principal-in-charge at Hanson Professional Services Inc. for building commissioning and energy services both nationally and internationally.
Edward Armstrong is the Executive Director of the Energy Management Association he can be reached at 202 737-1334 or at firstname.lastname@example.org