TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDING ENGINEERS & OPERATORS
The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and have joined together to develop a deployment model for commercial building re-tuning training. This collaboration will result in increased opportunities for building operators and engineers nationwide to learn the building re-tuning process and methodology and use it to identify and capture energy savings in their buildings.
Building re-tuning is a systematic process to identify and correct building operational problems that lead to energy waste. It is implemented at no or low cost other than the labor required to perform the re-tuning process. Re-tuning may include adjusting thermostats for actual occupancy patterns or small, low-cost repairs such as replacing faulty sensors or caulking openings in the building envelope. By proactively utilizing the energy savings opportunities taught in the re-tuning training, operations staff can save between 5 and 20 percent of all energy used in the building.
The BOMA/CBEI/DOE partnership is offering re-tuning trainings at two BOMA local associations (BOMA Wisconsin and BOMA San Diego) utilizing a train-the-trainer approach. This initial year, the program curricula is focused on re-tuning buildings without a building automation system (BAS). In following years, the training course will cover BAS with additional material on trend logging and analysis to inform additional efficiency opportunities. Attendees will help bring re-tuning training to scale by using the material to train other end users, such as facilities engineers, either within their own companies’ building portfolios or within their local community.
Pacific Northwest National Labs initially created the building retuning training and has online interactive training and extensive resources. Building Re-Tuning case studies can be found here.
To learn more about building re-tuning, contact Lisa Shulock, or visit the DOE Re-tuning Program website.