Fundamentals of Energy Efficient Building Operations

Tags: contractors, Train Green, SEICBP

08/03/2021 9:00AM - 08/19/2021 12:00PM

Provider: Clean Energy Center (at Pennsylvania College of Technology)

Course Dates:

  • Tuesday and Thursday, August 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, & 19
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 18 hours over three weeks as two, three-hour sessions per week 

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 21st by COB

Course Description:

Fundamentals of Energy Efficient Building Operations teaches building operators the basic principles of energy efficiency awareness and practices in commercial buildings. This course examines common HVAC and lighting systems, their impact on energy consumption, common opportunities for energy conservation, indoor environmental quality, and customer relations at a basic level. Through learning activities, participants learn the importance of measuring and benchmarking energy performance and their role in achieving organizational energy and financial goals.          

Launch your career in facilities with a strong understanding of energy efficient techniques and practices in commercial buildings. This is targeted toward facilities personnel that are new to building operations as well as staff members that are not directly involved in equipment maintenance, particularly in management / supervisory roles. Utilizing core Building Operator Certification (BOC) concepts, this training focuses on efficient operations and strengthens building optimization skills. The training is intended to complement other on-the-job training and experience and to provide a general awareness of building operations fundamentals from an energy efficiency perspective. The key purpose of the training is to increase energy efficiency awareness and develop core BOC skills in an introductory manner. The course highlights concepts of sustainable operations and the important role that building operators play in efficient buildings. An overview of basic building equipment including HVAC, lighting, and controls is included. Through learning activities, the student understands the importance of measuring and benchmarking energy performance and their role in their organization’s energy and financial goals. The course also covers the fundamentals of indoor environmental quality and the link between productivity and building operations. The students will leave with a key understanding of the importance of their role in efficient operations, customer service, and organizational productivity.


It is highly recommended that program participants have:

  • One-plus years of experience working in operations and maintenance of a commercial or institutional facility, OR
  • One-plus year of technical college level education in commercial or industrial facilities operations and maintenance, OR
  • One-plus years of experience in energy management of commercial, institutional or industrial facilities with a focus on operations and maintenance.

Exam/Record of Completion:

Training Certificate of Completion

  • Attendance: May miss up to 3 hours of instruction. Any absences beyond 6 hours must be made up by viewing the class recording.
  • Quizzes: Must receive a 70% or higher on the end of course, open-book quiz.
  • Students are required to attend a minimum of five classes. Participation in class discussions and group exercises is highly encouraged.

Special Instructions: The Center strongly encourages course participants to enable their audio / microphone and webcam for the live, instructor-led Zoom sessions. The learners will be required to engage and communicate with the instructor and other participants throughout class. These classes are designed to be interactive and include group discussions, breakout sessions, polls, and other interactive elements. This level of engagement allows our instructors to gauge participants’ understanding of the course material and key to success.

Course Value:  $995

You Pay: $0

All training and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a first come, first serve basis. Due to the time commitment for this course, registrants will only be allowed to signup for this course if they are not registered for any other courses through the DCSEU that present a time conflict (unless that course is self-paced). This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.

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