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April – November 2017
The purpose of this course is to introduce building staff and management to the primary systems in commercial buildings that use energy. This course will explain how the HVAC, lighting, and building envelope operate, interact, and use energy. The attendees will learn examples of and good practices for energy efficiency opportunities, overview and tools for making sound economic decisions related to energy efficiency upgrades, and understand when to use nationally recognized energy efficiency tools and their expected level of effort and cost.
- Onsite operations and maintenance (O&M) staff looking to increase their knowledge of building science and how to identify energy savings opportunities
- Building management seeking to become more familiar with how their buildings operate, which variables have the biggest influence on energy costs, and how and when to make energy efficiency upgrades that meet their economic criteria
- High-level descriptions of and understandings of the following topics:
- Building envelope
- HVAC systems
- Lighting systems
- Plug load management
- Building automation systems (BAS)
- Building metering with tariff analysis
- Specific examples, rules-of-thumb, and energy efficiency opportunities for each of the systems described above. These will focus on energy end-use strategies to minimize energy costs, energy demand charges, and overall energy usage.
- Overview and tools for economic decision making process to include local efficiency incentives available and the application process.
- Demonstration of the importance and use of nationally recognized energy efficiency tools. Understand when to use each of the tools and the expected level of effort and cost for each.
- EPA Portfolio Manager
- DOE Energy Asset Score
- LEED-EBOM process
- Have a general knowledge of the primary energy end-use systems of commercial buildings, and how they operate.
- Know at least two energy conservation measures (ECMs) for each primary system
- Know which energy efficiency screening/documentation tool is best for a given energy upgrade scenario
The purpose of this course is to help operations and maintenance (O&M) staff learn how to operate buildings more efficiently, reduce operating cost, and provide energy savings. This course will provide prescriptive best practices for maintaining good operations, and an overview of the re-tuning process using building automation system (BAS) trend data. Attendees will learn how to look for and optimize the control strategy for many of the common energy saving opportunities such as occupancy scheduling, temperature and static pressure control, and economizer function. Attendees will also learn basic principles of preventative maintenance, electrical diagnostics, building commissioning, and demand response.
- Onsite O&M staff responsible for day-to-day building operations
- O&M staff management looking to integrate the re-tuning process into their O&M procedures
- Offsite contractors (retro-commissioning agents or control vendors) hired to improve a building’s energy efficiency
- Basic understanding of commercial building systems (e.g. air handling units, VAV boxes, boilers, chillers)
- Familiar with basic functions of building automation systems (BAS)
- Prescriptive best practices for good building operations
- Overview of the re-tuning process using BAS data
- Actionable guidance on how to look for and optimize the control strategy of each of the following re-tuning measures:
- Occupancy Scheduling
- Discharge-Air Temperature Control
- Discharge- Air Static Pressure Control
- Air-Handling Unit Heating and Cooling
- Air- Handling Unit Outside/Fresh Air makeup
- Air-Handling Unit Economizer Operation
- Zone Conditioning
- Central Plant Optimization
- Basic principles of the following topics and when they are most applicable:
- Preventative Maintenance and Troubleshooting
- Electrical and Mechanical Diagnostics
- Building Commissioning
- Demand Response Techniques
- Be able to list five low/no-cost prescriptive O&M measures that may apply to your building
- Be able to describe the basics of the re-tuning process, and some of the benefits
- List at least three examples of poor operations that can be found through the re-tuning process
Date and Times:
- (Online 5-days) May 11-12 and 15-17, 2017 (1-5pm EST)
- (Optional 2-Hour) SketchUp Training: May 10, 2017 (1-3pm EST), +$150.00
This 5-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.
- Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
- Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
- Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
- Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
- Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies
Why Take The Course:
- Home buyers are increasingly seeking energy efficient homes and recognize the ENERGY STAR label.
- Differentiate your business by demonstrating your commitment to quality, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and the environment.
- Builders of ENERGY STAR homes experience less risk of post sale issues; higher customer satisfaction; and meaningful competitive differentiation.
This 16 hour training will be split up into 4 convenient half day online sessions. Each session will be held from 9am – 1 pm Eastern.
This training will cover the new requirements of ENERGY STAR for New Homes version 3 program. The training will include an ENERGY STAR v3.0/v3.1 Overview, Thermal Enclosure Rater Checklist, HVAC Quality Installation Rater Checklist, Water Management Builder Checklist, and question answer sessions. At the conclusion of the training each participant will take an online test to qualify for the completion certificate.
This training is approved for 18 hours of RESNET Professional Development Credits and 16 BPI continuing education credits.
Materials: All attendees will receive a downloadable manual for:
- Rater Design Review Checklist
- Rater Field Checklist
*Raters may optionally purchase a hard copy of the manual for an additional $100, however all material is available in electronic form included with the cost of training.
Trainers: Ethan MacCormick and Emelie Cuppernell (Meet the Trainers)