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.
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.
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.
About EMA: EMA is a trade association dedicated to providing education, training and certification in the field of building and facility energy efficiency. Its Energy Management Professional Certification (EMP) has achieved accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is a recognized certification by the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings® Workforce Guidelines program. In addition, the EMP meets the definition of “Qualified Energy Auditor” in the ASHRAE 211 Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits.
How Do I Join?: Corporate Membership is for companies that provide energy management services. Corporate membership requires one certified Energy Management Professional on staff. Learn more here or contact [email protected].
Companies that supply products and services or seeking to partner with energy managers and many allied professionals are invited to become Associate Members of the Energy Management Association (EMA). Learn more here or contact [email protected].