CEMs and CEAs Qualified under ASHRAE Standard 211

The newly released ANSI/ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 211-2018 for Commercial Building Energy Audits  establishes consistent practices for conducting and reporting energy audits for commercial buildings. The standard defines a “qualified energy auditor” including any person that holds a certification from a credentialing program approved by the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG) for Building Energy Auditors or Energy Managers. 

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) certifications meet this criteria and are therefore qualified to do energy auditing work under the ASHRAE 211-2018 standard.  With more than 12,000 CEMs and over 1,500 CEAs in the United States there is a competent workforce in place ready to comply with the new standard. 

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The CEM was the first certification program to be recognized under the BBWG and the CEA program was the first energy auditing program to earn BBWG recognition.  These credentials are recognized by cities, states, countries, and organizations globally. 

Bill Kent, Executive Director for the Association of Energy Engineers, said "AEE members and certified professionals participated in the development and review of the standard and we are pleased to have a competent professional workforce in place ready to do work in accordance with the standard."