Non-residential Energy Codes: Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician Update

CEC approves Certification Provider for Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (ATTs)

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) as a Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician Certification Provider (ATTCP). Once NEBB has certified “enough” Mechanical ATTs – and certified their employers – the CEC will require Building Departments get Certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians to sign off paperwork in order to issue the Certificate of Occupancy for non-residential buildings.

  • NEBB’s ATTCP program will allow technicians to certify on each of the 17 mechanical acceptance tests. NEBB’s approach will rely on an online data registry (Registry) that monitors certified technicians and employers and restricts them to only those acceptance tests for which they possess certification. Certification will require all applicants to complete the necessary training, and pass an exit exam for both classroom and laboratory material for each mechanical acceptance test. The Registry will serve as the application portal, document archive, mechanism for filing complaints, verification of certification status, and quality assurance monitoring (and reporting) to NEBB, local enforcement agencies, and the CEC.

A CEC stakeholder’s workshop is set for Monday, Feb 29, to consider the industry concerns about the geographic coverage. The “Industry Threshold” requirements in the code say once 300 ATTs are approved, the requirements kick in. With Lighting Control ATTs, the requirements kicked in even though there was not one Lighting Control Acceptance Test Technician in most rural California counties.  Click here for information about this stakeholders meeting.

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