Press Release

ASHRAE Awards Rob Bolin Certification for High-Performance Building Design

CHICAGO, IL– Rob Bolin,P.E., a Senior Vice President at Syska Hennessy Group, a global leader in consulting, engineering, technology and construction, has earned a High-Performance Building Design Professional certification from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

Based in Syska Hennessy Group’s Chicago office, Bolin is a LEED® Accredited Professional with over 20 years of consulting mechanical engineering experience. His specialty is collaborating to develop integrated, high performance buildings utilizing passive low energy systems. During his years at Syska Hennessy he has led teams to work on such projects as the LEED® Platinum Natural Resources Defense Council Headquarters in Santa Monica, CA; the LEED® Gold Santa Monica Library; and the LEED® Gold GSA Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8 Headquarters in Denver, CO.

Bolin has an M.S. in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado. He is a GSA Design Excellence National Peer, a past board member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and an Adjunct Research Professor for the School of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition, he is a published author of many articles, and a contributor to past ASHRAE Standards.

ASHRAE’s certification program identifies individuals who have demonstrated they have the necessary training and tools for the design of high-performance buildings that live up to their performance capability.

“An ASHRAE certification benefits building owners, employers and individuals,” says ASHRAE President Bill Harrison. “Firms who employ ASHRAE-certified engineers are better able to promote their services, and individuals who are certified approach their design responsibilities with greater confidence. ASHRAE certification helps designers demonstrate that they have mastered a certain body of knowledge in order to stand out from their competition.”

The content of the exam includes sustainability concepts, HVAC and sustainable processes and environmental improvement programs and rating systems; energy analysis; indoor environment; controls and monitoring; benchmarking with performance metrics; water conservation, commissioning in sustainable construction; and operation and maintenance of high-performance buildings.

The exam is offered at testing facilities across the United States and in 26 other nations. Persons interested in earning the certification must meet certain eligibility requirements and submit a completed application. A list of recommended resources on high-performance building design from ASHRAE and other sources is available. For more information, visit

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

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