CHRIS SMITH: President Energy Management Association (EMA)

Chris Smith is the President of the Energy Management Association (EMA). He holds degrees in both mechanical and electrical engineering. His expertise is in the analysis, design and commissioning of mechanical (HVAC, plumbing, fire protection) and electrical (lighting and power distribution) building systems.

EMA is a new and innovative association that is dedicated to advancing the quality of energy management products and services for the benefit of the building owner. The founding members are certified Energy Management Professionals (EMP), a program that was developed by ACG, the world’s leading association of certified commissioning authorities. Management of the program has been transferred to EMA

The program includes the recently published Energy Management Guideline and training and certification for Energy Management Professionals. EMPs are individuals who have demonstrated the requisite knowledge and experience of the energy management process and are committed to serve as advocates of the building owner. EMA has adopted a commissioning-based approach to energy management described in the Energy Management Guideline.

This process-oriented approach is designed to assist the building owner in achieving energy savings while maintaining optimum building performance. The method is data-driven as opposed to making assumptions and calculations based on unreliable information. Having established a process to improve energy management services, EMA would now like to expand its membership base to include other engineers, contractors, building owners, facility managers, manufacturers, utilities, commissioning providers, and others with an interest in advancing the quality of energy management services. The association is committed to achieving the following: -Training and Certification -Education -Accreditation -Cx Energy -New Products and Services