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ASHRAE Adopts DOE Requirements for Energy Audit Certification (BEAP)
Beginning March 16, 2017, ASHRAE's ANSI-accredited, Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certification program will validate competency against requirements for the Building Energy Auditor job set forth in the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG), with the goal of achieving US Department of Energy (DOE) recognition of services provided by these certificants by July of 2017. This ASHRAE certification will continue to be called the Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP). With over 2,500 certifications earned to date, ASHRAE certifications increasingly have become the must-have credential for built-environment professionals. For more information, go to
New Better Buildings Challenge Implementation Model: Public-Private Partnership to Deliver Energy 
Road Maps in Chicago

The City of Chicago and a consortium of public-private, utility, and nonprofit partners launched Retrofit Chicago, an initiative to encourage, support, and recognize voluntary energy efficiency leadership in residential, commercial, institutional, and municipal buildings throughout the city. The Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge is a primary component of the initiative, and includes a public commitment for large commercial, institutional, or residential properties to reduce energy use by at least 20% within five years of joining the program. To facilitate participants' progress toward meeting their Energy Challenge commitment, Chicago leveraged public-private partnerships to deliver customized Energy Road Maps with technical and strategic recommendations aimed at maximizing internal rate of return and utility incentives.

Nineteen buildings received actionable Energy Road Maps, including technical assistance worth $25,000. On average, the Road Maps identified opportunities for 22% total energy savings and $254,000 annual cost savings. To learn more, check out Chicago's recently published Better Buildings Challenge implementation model.


New ASHRAE Video Highlighting Day on the Hill Visit

ASHRAE chapters are staging "Day on the Hill" visits to reach out to local legislators as part of a larger push to make ASHRAE the "go-to" source for information on essential issues such as energy efficiency. And, they are making a difference. Watch the video about Georgia's Day on the Hill event.

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