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ASHRAE Applauds Federal Training Law Signing

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Energy

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Published on December 29, 2010 with No Comments

Federal legislation recently signed into law will provide training for federal building personnel in the areas of building operations and maintenance, energy management, safety, and design functions.

On Tuesday, December 14, President Obama signed the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act. The Act was introduced in April by Reps. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Judy Biggert (R-IL) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME). It was supported by more than 33 leading organizations involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings, including ASHRAE.

The legislation will help provide federal workers with the necessary training to construct and maintain environmentally sound buildings. Federal workers will be able to be trained in a series of core competencies relating to building operations, maintenance, energy management, and safety and future performance. Workers can take courses and be able to obtain licenses and certification for their efforts.

“This law is a significant advancement for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our nation’s federal buildings,” Lynn G. Bellenger, ASHRAE president, said. “ASHRAE applauds the federal government for demonstrating what can be accomplished in building and maintaining energy efficient buildings with excellent indoor environmental quality.”

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at schwartz@groupc.com.

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