Multifamily Building Operator course in Irwindale begins Jan 5, helps California buildings fulfill CTCAC training requirements
Registration is now open for AEA’s highly-regarded Energy Efficient Building Operations Specialist course on January 5 – 8, 2015, hosted by SoCalEdison at its Energy Education Center in Irwindale. The course prepares students to take the BPI Multifamily Building Operator exam, recognized by the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC) as a model for building operator training. The course is taught by Andrew Brooks, AEA’s Director of West Coast Operations, and Nick Dirr, Director of Multifamily Technical Services, both based in our Emeryville, CA office.
It just makes sense: If your building is investing in government supported energy efficiency upgrades, employees that will operate the new equipment need to know how to get the most value from that investment. That is the purpose of CTCAC’s requirements for
building operator training that appear in Section 10325 (c)(6)(E) of its Regulations Implementing the Federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credit Laws. This Section requires projects to employ sustainable building management practices, use solar energy, and adopt metering strategies to manage their energy use.
Just wanted to send a personal THANK YOU to you guys for teaching us so much during the program.We really got so much out of it and appreciate you … sharing all your experience and knowledge with us.
– Jessica Yau, Mavericks Realty
AEA and its training partners developed the first Building Performance Institute (BPI) standards-based training for multifamily building operators in the country under contract with NYSERDA over 12 years ago. The Energy Efficient Building Operations Specialist (“EEBOPS”) course was created to help building managers and staff to operate and maintain their properties sustainably, making them more energy efficient, safe, comfortable and healthful to live in as well as cost-effective to operate. Participants seeking BPI certification as Multifamily Building Operators take written and field certification exams.
To this day EEBOPS has remained one of AEA’s flagship courses. We continue to improve and refine this field and classroom based training with feedback from the building operators we work with each day.
Why train with AEA? For over 20 years AEA has been involved in all aspects of multifamily energy retrofit projects, from the initial assessment to design, construction, and post installation inspections and commissioning. Experience has taught us that a successful retrofit project starts and ends with education. Educating property owners and building staff to recognize and address improvement opportunities at their buildings, and teaching them how to operate and maintain their new energy efficient and green building features after a retrofit has been completed, are essential to realizing the energy savings potential of energy retrofits. Periodic retro-commissioning of building systems and operating procedures helps to ensure long-term persistence of these savings. In many instances operational improvements alone may yield better returns than investing in new equipment.
Building managers and maintenance supervisors are the individuals who must manage the real life challenges of applying building performance principles in their properties, and AEA is proud to have worked with, learned from, and trained thousands of them across the country.