Federal, and NGO
The EMP certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) based on the International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024. ANSI Standard 17024 is well-recognized within the industry as the highest standard in personnel certification accreditation.
The Department of Energy recognizes the EMP program for being aligned with the Better Buildings® Workforce Guidelines and for having received qualified accreditation by the American National Standards Institute in compliance with ISO/IEC 17024:2012.
The purpose of this standard is to establish consistent practices for conducting and reporting energy audits for commercial buildings. The EMP meets the requirements established by the Standard for “Qualified Energy Auditor.”
Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010 directs the Administrator of General Services (GSA) to: (1) identify, annually, the core competencies necessary for federal personnel performing building operations and maintenance, energy management, safety, and design functions to comply with requirements under federal law, including competencies relating to sustainability, water efficiency, electrical safety, and building performance measures; and (2) identify a course, certification, degree, license, or registration to demonstrate, and for ongoing training in, each core competency for the appropriate category of personnel. Requires individuals in each category to demonstrate each core competency identified for the category within one year.
The Building EQ Portal and program is an online web-based portal that benchmarks energy performance and assists with an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit. Once the required data is entered, the Portal generates a Building Energy Performance Score and provides data and actionable recommendations to improve a building’s energy performance.
The Building EQ Committee has recently expanded the list of credentials required to submit a Building EQ project for approval by ASHRAE. The list was expanded to include the DOE Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines approved Building Energy Auditor and Building Energy Manager certifications. The later category includes the EMP certification.
Governmental Energy Benchmarking, Disclosure and Retrocommissioning Laws
Residential buildings with 10,000 square feet or more of space that is heated or cooled and existing multifamily residential buildings with 50,000 square feet or more of space that is heated or cooled must report energy benchmarking and energy audits. The EMP is a recognized as a prerequisite to provide energy audits for ordinance compliance
The Building Energy and Water Efficiency Strategy (BEWES) is focused on tracking the energy and water output of Orlando’s largest buildings. The EMP is a qualifying credential for auditing and benchmarking.
Under this ordinance affected building owners must submit energy and water efficiency audits. EMPs meet the requirements to be considered a Qualified Auditor.
Building owners are required to benchmark the energy use of their nonresidential buildings 50,000 square feet and greater in the county in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and report it to the County for public disclosure. The EMP is a Recognized Data Verifier for building owners reporting benchmarking information (found under Step 3: Data Verification).
The Philadelphia C-PACE program requires that a Property Owner obtain an Energy Conservation Measure Survey (ECM Survey) performed by a Qualified Engineering Professional for Energy Efficiency and/or Water Conservation projects. EMPs are considered a Qualified Engineering Professional. (Note: Additionally, the following counties have adopted this resolution and will accept the EMP: Allegheny, Bedford, Center, Chester, Lawrence. Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Wayne)
- EMPs are encouraged to complete an RFI to be posted on the Philadelphia C-PACE website as a reference for interested parties.
The Boulder Building Performance Ordinance requires affected building owners to use qualified service providers to complete energy assessments and retrocommissioning on their buildings. EMPs are recognized under minimum qualifications for Energy Assessors.
- EMPs can complete a 30 minute online training session to be included in Boulder’s “List of Qualified Service Providers.”
To ensure that data is being tracked and reported correctly, covered buildings must have their energy and building data reviewed and verified every three years by data verifiers with accepted licenses and training program credentials. EMPs are recognized as an approved data verifier under “Fulfill the Data Verification Requirement.” (Note: EMPs qualify and will be accepted this year for verification, however, the website won’t reflect this change until 2021.)
EMA’s Energy Management Professional (EMP) Certification was recognized in new rules added to the Washington State Clean Buildings Bill. The law requires that the Department of Commerce develop and implement an energy performance standard for affected buildings and provide incentives to encourage efficiency improvements. Specifically, the EMP Certification has been included in the definition of a “qualified person,” who shall determine whether or not the building seeking compliance has an energy use intensity target (EUIt), will establish the EUIt, and submit appropriate forms. The full updated legislature can be found here.
Clean Buildings standards will apply to large non-residential buildings greater than 50,000 square feet in floor area. Large multi-family residential buildings will be eligible for the incentive program, but are not covered by the mandatory standard.
Staged Approach Timeline:
- Develop rules by November 2020
- From 2021 to 2026, the standard will be used for a voluntary efficiency incentive program.
- In 2026, the standard will be implemented as a mandatory requirement.
Boston’s updated Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) sets requirements for large buildings to reduce their energy and water use data. The goal is to reduce their emissions gradually to net zero by 2050. The EMP is recognized as a qualified energy management professional credential. Click here to download BERDO policies and procedures (EMP is on the final page).
The energy and water efficiency program requires covered properties to benchmark energy and water performance. As a Better Buildings Recognized Program, the EMP is recognized as qualified auditor under this program
Berkeley’s Building Emissions Saving Ordinance (BESO) requires property owners to hire a qualified assessor to conduct an energy assessment and prepare a report about the building’s energy performance and opportunities for improvement. EMPs meet the qualifications to be an energy assessor for commercial/mixed use buildings.
In support of the City of Chula Vista’s Climate Action Plan, the city adopted the Building Energy Saving Ordinance that will enhance market transparency for building efficiency by making energy performance data available to existing and prospective owners and lessors. As a Better Buildings Recognized Program, the EMP is recognized as qualified energy audit professional under this program.
The new ordinance, active in January 1st of 2024, requires owners of commercial buildings 25,000 square feet or larger to annually benchmark energy use by using the Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Owners of commercial buildings 50,000 square feet or larger must conduct tune-ups every four years. The tune-ups include checking HVAC and lighting systems to ensure that energy waste isn’t taking place and that maintenance or repairs can be recognized to improve the systems. EMPs are cited as qualified tune-up specialists, with the tune-up specialist finalizing and signing the tune-up report. Download the full ordinance language here.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (TX-PACE) is a proven financial tool that incentivizes Texas’ property owners to upgrade facility infrastructure with little or no capital outlay. TX-PACE programs enable owners to lower their operating costs and use the savings to pay for eligible water conservation, energy efficiency, resiliency, and distributed generation projects. Owners gain access to private, affordable, long-term (typically 10-20 years) financing that is not available through traditional funding avenues.
To successfully complete a TX-PACE application, all projects must be accompanied by an audit from an Independent Third-Party Reviewer (ITPR). An ITPR must be a licensed Professional Engineer with energy/water efficiency experience, and hold an EMP Certification or one of the other certifications listed.
Utility Incentive Programs
The Pepco Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Training Program offers incentives for building operation personnel to receive nationally recognized training. EMA has been recognized as a qualified training provider.
BG&E Building Operation Training (qualified training provider)
BGE offers financial incentives that cover up to 80% of enrollment costs or a maximum of $1,000 per course, whichever is less, for approved building operation and maintenance training. EMA training courses qualify for this incentive.
The Delmarva Power Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Training Program offers incentives for building operation personnel to receive nationally recognized training. EMA is an approved training provider in this program.
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (qualified training provider)
SMECO offers financial incentives to help cover the cost for approved building operation and maintenance education courses. The incentives cover a percentage of training course(s) enrollment fees or tuition and are distributed upon course completion. EMA is an approved training provider in this program.