IFMA Supports Bipartisan Bill Promoting Federal Energy Savings and Infrastructure Strength

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Representatives Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., and Judy Biggert, R-Ill., along with Senators Tom Carper, D-Del., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, today introduced the “Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010,” a bill which calls for professional training and credentialing of all federal building personnel.

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Today is Earth Day, when people are thinking about how they can take better care of our planet. Federal agencies need to do the same.

Representatives Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., and Judy Biggert, R-Ill., along with Senators Tom Carper, D-Del., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, today introduced the “Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010,” a bill which calls for professional training and credentialing of all federal building personnel.

The International Facility Management Association recognizes the co-sponsors of this legislation as leaders in Congress and fully supports their bipartisan efforts to implement industry best practices and common sense solutions in the operation and maintenance of federal facilities.

The bill directs the General Services Administration — in consultation with industry associations and others — to identify core competencies, professional certifications, a recommended curriculum and continuing education courses to ensure that federal buildings are operated in accordance with industry best practices and standards.

IFMA has long recognized the value of certification and training in both building performance and the return on investment associated with hiring certified facility professionals. Currently, the association offers its Certified Facility Manager® and Facility Management Professional designations, and will introduce a new sustainability credential in the near future.

“Facilities still account for at least 40 percent of all energy use in the United States and 40 percent of atmospheric emissions, including greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change,” said Thomas L. Mitchell Jr., CFM, CFMJ, chairman of the IFMA board of directors. “As America’s largest real property owner, the federal government can play a significant role in recruiting and retaining facility professionals with the skills and experience required to reduce the impact their facility portfolios have on the natural and built environments.”

Recent IFMA research has shown that for every $1 spent on facility management training, organizations reported receiving an average of $3.95 in return. By providing for the education and training of federal facility professionals, the government will ensure that facilities are not only an asset, but that they also use less energy, require fewer repairs and save taxpayer dollars in the long run.

“Sustainability and energy conservation isn’t just about the air we breathe or the water we drink. It’s about saving money for families, businesses and taxpayers,” said Rep. Carnahan, author of the House of Representatives legislation and co-chair of the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition. “If we’re going to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, in addition to investing in energy efficient buildings, we must invest in the people maintaining those buildings so that we recoup the largest energy and cost savings possible.”

“Today is Earth Day, when people are thinking about how they can take better care of our planet. Federal agencies need to do the same,” said Sen. Carper, co-sponsor of the Senate legislation. “You wouldn’t give a race car to an inexperienced driver and expect them to win the Indy 500. In the same way, we can’t expect our federal buildings to run at peak efficiency if we don’t make sure our personnel have adequate training.”

To learn more about the proposed legislation, visit http://www.carnahan.house.gov. For more information on the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition, go to http://www.hpbccc.org. To learn more about IFMA’s government affairs efforts, visit http://www.ifma.org/government.

IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 19,000 members in 78 countries. The association’s members, represented in 124 chapters and 16 councils worldwide, manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$100 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs, recognizes facility management certificate programs and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets online, visit the association’s LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or http://www.ifma.org.

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