Local Partnerships

Another busy month for the Central Florida Chapter! We had our fall golf tournament and Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty for the October meeting.  We were fortunate this year, as last year’s tournament had rain. Photos are up!!! Visit http://ashrae-cfl.org/events/fall-golf-tournament/

Outside of our chapter meeting and golf tournament, we as a chapter have made great strides in our local partnerships. On September 17, Jason and I met with Diane Sitzer and Allyson Peters the local chapter President for BOMA Orlando and Executive Director for BOMA Orlando. There may be some of you that ask what is BOMA? Well, BOMA is the Building Owners and Managers Association, and they are primarily concerned with all aspects of commercial office buildings. Including but not limited to building management, energy consumption, local and national building codes to name a few.

BOMA Meeting  (L to R): Rich King, Allyson Peters, Diane Sitzer, Jason Alphonso, Victor Goldschmidt
BOMA Meeting (L to R): Rich King, Allyson Peters, Diane Sitzer, Jason Alphonso, Victor Goldschmidt

Jason and I also met with Larry Simmons and Alexa Stone the local IFMA President and IFMA board member. IFMA is the International Facility Management Association, and they certify facility managers, conduct research, provide educational programs, and recognize facility management certificate programs.

IFMA Meeting  (L to R): Jason Alphonso, Larry Simmons, Rich King, Alexa Stone
IFMA Meeting (L to R): Jason Alphonso, Larry Simmons, Rich King, Alexa Stone

ASHRAE at a society level has signed a memorandum of understanding between each of these associations in order to better share resources and collaborate on projects, publications, sustainability research and educational offerings that will be beneficial to both organizations’ members and constituents. In an effort to bridge the local ASHRAE, BOMA and IFMA chapters, we will be bringing these international agreements down to a local level to better serve our organizations and members.

In addition to all of this, our chapter has become a founding member of the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance (CFEEA). For more information on CFEEA, please visit http://www.orangecountyfl.net/cms/DEPT/CEsrvcs/epd/CFEEA/default.htm

Way to go Central Florida, you are paving the way for energy efficient buildings for years to come!