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Jeffrey A. Horn, president and CEO of BOMI (Building Owners and Managers Institute) International, has announced that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has approved BOMI’s Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part II (Design II) course. This is the third BOMI class that USGBC has approved in the past two months.
As an approved USGBC Education Provider, BOMI is a third-party organization that offers peer-reviewed classes accepted by USGBC for its credentialing maintenance requirements. Design II underwent a rigorous review process in which a team of subject matter experts evaluated the course based on its content and instructional design quality.
Horn says the USGBC’s approval “reinforces BOMI’s consistent emphasis on providing property and facility managers with critical technical expertise in energy management and sustainability. We were teaching ‘green’ long before the subject became popular.” He attributes BOMI’s foresight to its 40 year history of developing property and facility management courses. “We trace our origins to the energy crisis of the 1970s and the birth of the environmental movement.”
The other BOMI courses that have received USGBC approval are The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part I, and Energy Management and Controls.
Design II provides information that property and facility managers need in order to make management decisions about various building systems and sites. Making these decisions correctly will increase occupant safety and comfort while facilitating building efficiency to meet the business goals of an organization.
Design II helps students understand electrical systems and lighting, elevator maintenance and modernization, and pest and solid waste management. Other areas of interest covered in this course include security issues, fire and safety systems, and energy management concerns. Students learn how to analyze and manage building systems, maintain property in top condition, both inside and out, and maintain a secure, safe building.
Because of USGBC’s status as an approved Education Reviewing Body (ERB) for the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), all approved courses—including those from BOMI—will be assigned GBCI Continuing Education (CE) hours, which will help Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Professionals satisfy their credentialing maintenance requirements.
GBCI launched the LEED Professional Credentialing Maintenance Program (CMP) on August 3, 2009. The program requires LEED Professionals to maintain their credentials by staying current and relevant in a constantly transitioning marketplace. Currently, there are over 130,000 LEED Credentialed Professionals in the United States.