ASHRAE will take part in an effort to make workers better prepared and improve building performance at the same time.

Through the U.S. Department of Energy, an advisory board for the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council will work with the National Institute of Building Sciences and others to write voluntary guidelines to improve workforce credentials.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers will be part of the council and the effort to draft the “Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines.” The rules aim to reduce confusion around the credentialing process, lower costs and lead to better buildings.

Three of the society’s certification programs are part of the development effort. 

“ASHRAE’s involvement in this process is very important,” said society President William “Bill” Bahnfleth. “Participating in the development of the guidelines gives us a voice in how the workforce of our industry will be developed. These guidelines will ensure that quality services are provided by professionals with recognized certifications to increase consumer confidence in the service provided and ultimately to ensure the quality of our future building stock.”