The National Energy Management Institute Committee (NEMIC) is a not-for-profit organization created in 1981 and sponsored by the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA).

NEMIC is charged with identifying and developing market and educational opportunities, seeking to create or expand employment for SMART members and programs that assist SMACNA contractors in a green environment. NEMIC is committed to the growth and prosperity of both organizations.

Particularly, NEMIC’s emphasis is on accelerating the benefits derived from ANSI accreditation of TABB (International Certification Board/Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Bureau) certification standards in the areas of testing, adjusting and balancing, and HVAC fire life safety.

TABB is the only testing, adjusting and balancing entity in the HVAC industry to earn ANSI accreditation under ISO Standard 17024, which provides an international benchmark for personnel certification programs to ensure that they operate in a consistent, comparable and reliable manner.

TABB offers the following certifications:

  • Testing Adjusting and Balancing Technician and Supervisor
  • HVAC Fire Life Safety Level 1 and Level 2 Technician and Supervisor
  • Commissioning
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Fume Hood Performance Testing
  • Sound and Vibration
  • Total Building Energy Audit


Dave Bernett
Administrator, National Energy Management Institute Committee (NEMIC)

A native of Pittsburgh, Dave Bernett has been in the sheet metal industry for nearly 30 years, beginning his apprenticeship in 1987 after serving four years in the Marines. As a journeyman, he concentrated on planning and ran jobs as a field foreman. On the union side, he served as an organizer and a business representative. From 2012 to 2015 – just prior to becoming administrator of NEMIC – he served as the business manager/financial secretary-treasurer for Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 12, his home local in Pittsburgh.