Australian businesses involved in large-scale energy efficiency tenders are now seeking Certified Measurement and Verification Professionals (CMVPs).

The CMVP programme was established in the US by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), in cooperation with the Efficiency Valuation Organisation (EVO), with the dual purpose of recognising the most qualified professionals in this growing area of the industry and raising professional standards within the measurement and verification field.

AEE certifications are recognised by governmental agencies, utilities, end users and energy services companies (ESCOs). The CMVP qualification is recognised by the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) and distinguishes those involved in the application of accurate and reliable measurement and verification methodologies. It demonstrates high levels of experience, competence and specialised knowledge within the field.

Ecosave, a leading ESCO, has just qualified nine members of its team and claims to now have the largest number of CMVP qualified engineers in the country.

“The CMVP industry qualification is a key requirement in the bids we are submitting.” said Ecosave COO Robin Archibald. “It gives clients maximum confidence that their energy savings will be delivered. To be eligible to sit the CMVP exam, engineers are required to have several years of industry experience, in addition to professional or technical qualifications.”

“For us, it demonstrates that our employees are certified at the highest standards to deliver the guaranteed returns we offer to clients. In addition to our nine newly qualified employees we have another team in the process of completing their training.”

Archibald added that there is a growing trend toward the uptake of ‘big data’ solutions in order to improve building performance.

“We first observed the uptake in our Philadelphia office with building owners using building analytics to monitor and improve the performance of their buildings,” Archibald said. “Australia and New Zealand have recently started to catch on to this trend. Knowing when the building’s systems are no longer operating as intended enables building managers to correct the problem. This use of big data and sophisticated analysis improves occupant comfort, reduces energy consumption, lowers maintenance costs and increase the life of the equipment.”

With financing options now available directly from ESCOs, smaller businesses are able to start taking advantage of energy efficiency savings without needing to find the upfront capital expenditure. The industry expectation is that these innovative financing options will start to encourage more activity in the energy efficiency space.