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AEE Takes the Challenge!

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On October 26, 2005 , Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Stephen Johnson, recognized organizations as leading their industries in responding to EPA's ENERGY STAR Building Challenge. Organizations across the country are already showing that energy use in buildings can be reduced by 10%, 20%, 30% and even more with proven practices and technologies that pay off financially and help our environment. Leading groups, such as Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), are participating by developing industry-specific campaigns to help their members benefit from improved energy efficiency.

The ENERGY STAR Challenge, launched in spring 2005, encourages building owners and managers to make their buildings at least 10% more efficient. EPA estimates that if each building owner took on this challenge, by 2015, Americans would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 million metric tons equivalent to the emissions from 15 million vehicles, while saving over $10 billion .

EPA will recognize businesses and organizations that make improvements to their buildings and share their results. The Challenge is promoting three important actions:

•  Determine how much energy buildings are using through the ENERGY STAR rating system

•  Establish efficiency improvement goals of 10% or greater

•  Make improvements

Al Thumann, AEE Executive Director; Stephen L. Johnson, EPA Administrator; Ruth Marie, AEE Director of Information Services

The Association of Energy Engineers was recognized for its participation in the Challenge and for its on-going commitment to promote superior energy performance in buildings. AEE has actively encouraged its members to join ENERGY STAR and to use the EPA Guidelines for Energy Management and EPA's Energy Performance Rating system – both of which help their members achieve reductions in energy consumption in buildings by at least 10%. In 2005, the association also developed the Certified Green Building Engineer (GBE*) program which will help its members and their customers participate and succeed in the Challenge.

According to Robert Sauchelli, National Program Manager, ENERGY STAR Service and Product Provider Program , "The establishment of the GBE™ will make it easier to identify individuals with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of energy efficiency and improved building energy performance. The Green Building Engineer certification, which requires professional engineers to have energy management certification, will be an important resource for building owners looking to validate their Statement of Energy Performance, to apply for the ENERGY STAR Label.”

Robert Sauchelli also shared the following comments on AEE's participation in the Challenge. “EPA welcomes AEE as one of the newest participants in the ENERGY STAR Challenge. ENERGY STAR is excited to be partnering with AEE and other leading associations across the United States to stimulate market demand for improved energy performance and will highlight and promote the capabilities of the AEE membership as a highly qualified professional resource to accomplish the energy performance goals of energy users.”

Please visit the ENERGY STAR website, , for further information on the ENERGY STAR Challenge or the commercial buildings program. For more information go directly to the, Certified Energy Manager and Green Building Engineer certifications or contact AEE at 770-447-5083.

Why Become Certified?
Since 1981 AEE has certified more than 7,000 professionals, enabling them to receive special recognition for their expertise in a variety of specialized areas of the energy industry. AEE's certification programs are recognized by such government agencies as the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as by corporations, utilities and energy service companies. When you earn your certification credential, you are distinguishing yourself among colleagues in your field, and demonstrating high levels of experience, competence and specialized knowledge.

What certifications does AEE offer?
In the face of increasing demands for specialization within today's businesses and industries, certification can help individuals meet those requirements. The Association of Energy Engineers presently offers thirteen certification programs:

CERTIFIED ENERGY MANAGER® (CEM®) program is broad-based and emphasizes the technical aspects of what energy managers in government and the private sector need to know. The CEM represents a “Who’s Who” in energy management. Since 1982, more than 6,400 individuals have gained the status of CEM.

The ENERGY MANAGER IN TRAINING (EMIT) designation is for the many talented energy professionals out there, that can demonstrate technical strengths by passing the CEM test but do not have the necessary credentials. Candidates must have a degree in engineering or architecture with less than three years in the field. Candidates are required to pass the CEM exam.

CERTIFIED BUSINESS ENERGY PROFESSIONAL (BEP) program awards special recognition to those business/marketing and energy professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness for business/marketing and energy management related disciplines, as well as laws governing and affecting energy professionals.

CERTIFIED LIGHTING EFFICIENCY PROFESSIONAL (CLEP) program was developed to identify specialists in lighting efficiency. This program is also recognized as meeting the certification requirements of the EPA Green Lights’ Lighting Management Company Ally Program.

CERTIFIED INDOOR AIR QUALITY PROFESSIONAL® (CIAQP®) programis designed to meet the growing needs of businesses to identify qualified indoor air quality practitioners who are equipped to solve problems created by “sick buildings,” as well as facility managers who are responsible for operating healthy buildings while maintaining comfort and reducing energy costs.

CERTIFIED POWER QUALITY PROFESSIONAL® (CPQ®) program demonstrates the interactions between the power source and sensitive loads in the field of power quality and reliability.

CERTIFIED GEOEXCHANGE DESIGNER® (CGD®) program is designed to recognize professionals who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, proficiency, and ethical fitness in applying the principles and practices of geothermal heat pump design and related disciplines. The CGD certification is granted by the Association of Energy Engineers and sponsored by the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium® (GHPC). Associated training programs are presented by the
International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA).

CERTIFIED ENERGY PROCUREMENT PROFESSIONAL® (CEP®) program covers the acquisition of both electricity and natural gas from both the purchasing/ procurement and selling/marketing perspectives.

DISTRIBUTED GENERATION CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL® (DGCP®) program identifies individuals who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, proficiency, and ethical fitness, bringing to their professional activities the full scope of knowledge essential to the effective development and management of today’s distributed generation projects.

CERTIFIED MEASUREMENT & VERIFICATION PROFESSIONAL® (CMVP®) program was established by the Association of Energy Engineers in cooperation with the International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol (IPMVP), with the dual purpose of recognizing the most qualified professionals in this growing area of the energy industry, as well as raising overall professional standards within the measurement and verification field.

CERTIFIED BUILDING COMMISSIONING PROFESSIONAL® (CBCP®) program was developed with the dual purpose of recognizing the most highly qualified professionals in this rapidly expanding area within the industry, while raising overall professional standards in the building commissioning field.

The Certified Green Building Engineer (GBE™) program awards special recognition to those green building, design and construction engineering professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness for green building related disciplines, as well as laws governing and affecting green building professionals.

Please download the new certification brochure (PDF format) for more information.