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Improving the operational performance of the nation’s offices, schools, hospitals, and other commercial buildings offers significant energy savings. It also requires highly skilled and qualified workers, particularly as building technologies become more advanced. Yet there are currently no national guidelines for energy-related professional credentials, posing a major barrier to the quality, consistency, and scalability of this workforce.
In the absence of national guidelines, many different workforce training, certificate, and certification programs have emerged. They address different scopes, assess different skills, and demonstrate varying degrees of quality and rigor. This array of credentialing programs creates confusion and uncertainty and adds cost to the industry. It also hampers the development of a quality workforce with clear pathways for professional skill development, and impedes progress in optimizing commercial building performance.
The Department of Energy is responding to this challenge by working with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and industry stakeholders to develop voluntary national guidelines that will improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce credentials for five key energy-related jobs: Energy Auditor, Commissioning Practitioner, Building/Stationary Engineer, Facilities Manager, and Energy Manager.
The Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines project aligns all elements of the Better Buildings Workforce Framework, with the goal of supporting high-quality industry and government-recognized credentials for 5 key commercial energy-related job titles.