Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines
DOE and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) are working with industry stakeholders to develop voluntary national guidelines that will improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce training and certification programs for five key energy-related jobs: Energy Auditor, Commissioning Professional, Building/Stationary Engineer, Facilities Manager, and Energy Manager.
Building Re-tuning Training
Re-tuning is a low-cost process to identify and correct building operational problems that lead to energy waste. DOE is utilizing a train-the-trainer approach to deliver the building re-tuning curricula, engaging its Better Buildings Alliance partners as well as setting up training centers in association with the National Institute of Science and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP).
ANSI Energy Efficiency Standards Collaborative
A robust suite of consensus-based and widely-utilized technical standards is necessary to create the infrastructure for a qualified workforce, but the energy efficiency industry is diverse and has not had a focal point for coordinating the numerous voluntary standardization activities underway across the private and public sectors. DOE responded to this need by launching and co-chairing the Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC), convened by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Energy Performance-Based Acquisition
Energy performance-based acquisition incorporates energy performance goals, language, and incentives into the planning, design, construction, and operation of a building. DOE has developed energy performance-based acquisition guides, case studies, fact sheets, and other resources to support commercial building owners, operators, and design-build teams in effectively implementing this approach. DOE is now working with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) to develop training modules that tie these resources together.