BGE partners with BOMI in green building initiative

The BGE programme helps reduce the cost of energy, improve power reliability, reduce peak demand and slow the growth in energy consumption

Provider of educational products and services to the property and facility management industries BOMI International has teamed up with US utility Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) to encourage energy savings through accredited industry education.

Baltimore Gas & Electric’s training programme will take a focused approach towards ‘enhancing performance through the reduction and conservation of energy use’, states PRweb.

The BGE Building Operation Training programme will include a host of courses approved by Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) – an independent organisation that recognises excellence in green business industry performance and practice.

BGE will also qualify for the LEED (US Green Building Council) Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) – a green building certification programme.

Some of the ‘green building’ courses offered through BOMI include air handling, water treatment and plumbing systems; electrical systems and illumination; energy management and controls; high-performance sustainable building principles, practices and investments; refrigeration systems and accessories and design, operation and maintenance of building systems.

BGE enrolment requirements

BGE building engineers, stationary engineers, maintenance supervisors, HVAC technicians and electricians with two or more years’ experience qualify for an incentive that will cover 80% of enrollment into the programme, or alternatively a maximum of US$1,000 per certification.

PRweb states that BGE’s programme is similar to that of Maryland investor-owned public utility Pepco and BOMI’s partnership, which has provided ‘more than 12,000 hours of training to building operators in the Washington, DC metro area.’

According to Jeffrey A. Horn, BOMI International’s president and CEO: “Commercial buildings consume 70% of the electricity in the U.S. Training is often an overlooked area when it comes to making sure buildings are using energy efficiently.

“We are excited to work with BGE to bring these courses to their commercial customers – and to play a critical role in reducing energy usage in Maryland.”

PEPCO has reportedly achieved 34,000,000 kWh in energy savings as a result of the green building certification effort.