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GORD-led AEE Qatar Chapter hosts first workshop on CEM® accreditation

AEE Qatar Chapter, led by the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD), hosted the first professional course in association with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Aimed at providing preparatory training to professionals aspiring to obtain Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) accreditation, the intensive workshop lasted four days starting from Sunday, March 20. Conducted virtually, the training gathered energy professionals working on building projects and energy systems within Qatar.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Dr. Yousef Alhorr, Founding Chairman of GORD, said, “Scalability of energy-efficient technologies has improved radically over the last decade, but effective deployment is necessary to leverage their full potential. How well our market absorbs latest technological trends depends on the knowledge, skills and competence of energy professionals engaged in building and energy projects. The idea behind AEE Qatar Chapter’s training series is to educate and empower energy professionals who can then work as change makers enabling smart and sustainable energy systems. Through our capacity building exercises such as the CEM workshop, we envision a community of energy leaders who will synergize their efforts in reshaping Qatar’s sustainability landscape.”

AEE’s flagship CEM certification is a globally recognized professional accreditation demonstrating in-depth knowledge of individuals in principles, practices and technologies needed to enhance the energy performance of buildings. After completing this preparatory training, attendees are required to pass a proctored exam to be eligible to receive the CEM certification.

Starting from energy codes and standards, the course featured content on areas related to energy savings and renewables, energy accounting and economics as well as energy audits and instrumentation. Techno-economical and performance aspects of energy were discussed for range of applications including HVAC, industrial systems, energy storage systems, combined heat and power systems, lighting, boiler and steam systems. Energy professionals working in building sector benefited from topics focusing on aspects related to building envelope and insulation, building automation and control systems, thermal energy storage systems, and building operations including maintenance and commissioning. Other themes covered in the training included fuel supply and pricing, performance contracting and measurement and verification.

In December 2021, AEE selected GORD to lead the official AEE Qatar Chapter. The recent CEM course is the first in a series of technical trainings planned to be offered to the Qatar market, which in the future will benefit from trainings in areas related to energy engineering, energy management, energy efficiency and conservation, energy auditing, renewable and alternative energy, power generation, energy services, sustainability, techno-economics and lifecycle costing of energy systems etc.