[Equest-users] ASHRAE, BEMP Certification

Keith Swartz kswartz at ecw.org
Fri Jun 21 09:39:51 PDT 2013

I studied some chapters in the ASHRAE handbooks and a few other things, but I don’t think any of them helped at all. I think it is an excellent test because they test for basic modeling skills that you learn by doing it day-to-day, so I think an inexperienced person would struggle even after studying a lot.

I also found the limited time to be the biggest challenge. There was not enough time for me to complete every problem. I went through all the questions and answered the quick ones first. If I had to do more than a simple arithmetic problem then I saved it for later. The second time through I did the simpler calculations and saved the most complex calculations for last. I didn’t complete the calculation for a few complex questions and I just guessed answers for those. (There is no penalty for wrong answers.) My biggest advice would be to not get bogged down on a complex question (which might be one of the questions that isn’t scored!) and then not have time to answer the simpler questions.

Keith Swartz, PE, BEMP, LEED AP
Senior Energy Engineer | Energy Center of Wisconsin | Madison.Chicago.Minneapolis
608.210.7123 | www.ecw.org<http://www.ecw.org/>

From: PKConsulting [mailto:pasha.pkconsulting at gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:26 AM
To: Walson, Kristy
Cc: equest-users at lists.onebuilding.org; Jose L. Correa
Subject: Re: [Equest-users] ASHRAE, BEMP Certification

I had the exact same experience as you Kristy.   I am a slower reader and that was the greatest challenge for me too with the number of questions to complete.

The suggested reading material was overkill and not actually relevant.  Having Exposure and experience to many energy modeling situations was the best benefit for myself to pass the exam.

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On Jun 20, 2013, at 6:57 AM, "Walson, Kristy" <kristy.walson at tlc-eng.com<mailto:kristy.walson at tlc-eng.com>> wrote:
The following advice worked well for me:

Sit down and  read the stuff on this page http://www.ashrae.org/certification/page/2491 :

·        The list of study items on pgs 6 & 7 of the Guidebook are overkill.

·        Do go over Appendix G and Chapter 11 of 90.1

·        Open up the ASHRAE 2009 Fundamental handbook and read through Chapter 7 Fundamentals of Control, and Chapter 19 Energy Estimating and Modeling Methods

·        If you have it handy go ahead and look through the ASHRAE 2011 HVAC Application handbook and go through Chapters 41 and 42, Building Energy Monitoring and Supervisory Control Strategies and Optimization

Really, though, the test is mostly common sense and anyone that does energy models regularly should do fine.  The biggest challenge for me was the number of questions.  I didn’t feel there was enough time allotted for the number of questions asked, so you might want to do some practice tests where you do your best to brush up on your speed reading skills.  ☺

Kristy M. Walson, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP
Associate / Sustainability Consultant

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Subject: Re: [Equest-users] ASHRAE, BEMP Certification

I would like to join to the same request from Jose Luis.


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From: equest-users-bounces at lists.onebuilding.org<mailto:equest-users-bounces at lists.onebuilding.org> [mailto:equest-users-bounces at lists.onebuilding.org] On Behalf Of Jose L. Correa
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Subject: [Equest-users] ASHRAE, BEMP Certification

Dear all,

Could you advice on tips, literature, topics to review or anything else to improve my chances to pass the BEMP Certification exam? It would be also great to hear from BEMP holders.


José Luis Correa Guzmán. Ing., MSc, LEED AP O+M
Analista Energético

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