The Energy Efficiency for Building Operators course is a hands-on and highly interactive 2-day course designed to engage, motivate and empower Building Operators. Over two days, our instructors will facilitate participant’s understanding of how energy behaves, how energy is used in their facility, and how it can be controlled through operational action across a variety of building systems.
A unique aspect of this training course is the Energy Hunt - which will bring participants out of the classroom and into the practical day-to-day operations of the building, allowing participants to take part in a detailed examination of a building. The learnings from this exercise will then be brought back into the classroom, where participants will learn how to conduct savings calculations for the energy found during the Hunt.
Throughout the course, a variety of physical demonstrations, calculations, worksheets, role playing, and case studies will be presented to bring to life the energy savings opportunities that exist within Lighting, Pumps & Fans, building envelope components, HVAC and Refrigeration, Building Automation Systems, ventilation, and more.
Building operators and related maintenance and facilities staff know their building better than anyone. As such, they are uniquely positioned to discover and act on energy savings opportunities that will reduce maintenance costs and the overall operating costs of their building.
- Learn how building operations impact energy consumption and how to identify energy waste
- Determine how you can improve energy efficiency through building maintenance and operations
- Gain expertise on how to conduct simple energy savings calculations, and explain savings to others
- Learn how building control strategies can be used to reduce energy consumption and costs
- Gain a better understanding of the optimization of heating, ventilation & AC
- Understand how to reduced energy through equipment selection/replacement
Who should attend?
- Building Operators & Facility Operations staff
- Building/Asset Managers
- Energy managers
- Service providers to the commercial building industry
Overview of Energy Management
Seven steps toward finding savings opportunities: costs, benchmarking, profiling
- Understanding current use
- Finding opportunities in waste, efficiency and supply options
Overview of major energy consuming systems:
- Fans & Pumps
- Boilers & Chillers
- Building Envelope
- Office Systems
Treasure Hunt Activity
- Survey of the physical building
- Observing the building through the BAS (Building Automation System)
- Checklist of opportunities
Details of the energy consuming systems
- Saving Calculations
- Automation systems savings
Making the case for EE: Presenting your ideas to others
Michel Parent has a Bachelor’s (Laval – 1986) and a Master’s degree (Waterloo – 1988, Solar Energy) in Mechanical Engineering. From 1988 to 1990, he was in charge of the Solar Laboratory at the National Institute of Scientific Research in Varennes. He then joined the Energy Group at the Industrial Research Center of Quebec from 1991 until 1996. Since 1996, M. Parent is a partner in a consulting engineering firm, Technosim, specializing in energy efficiency. Technosim has offices in Quebec and Ontario.
Mr. Parent is specialized in energy efficiency in the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors. He has performed numerous audits across North America, which were used in developing long term energy management plans. Mr. Parent is an Existing Building Recommissioning (EB Cx) Agent and has performed recommissioning for over 5 million square foot of office and retail properties across Canada. He is a certified Existing Building Commissioning Professional (EBCP). Mr. Parent is a lead trainer for the Advanced Recommissioning Course developed for the Canadian Federal Government. Mr. Parent is also a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and has developed and implemented many M&V plans compliant with the IMPVP standard. He has also worked on M&T projects implementation to insure continuous improvements to building efficiencies within the context of his EB Cx projects. Mr. Parent has developed training modules for large corporate clients to insure persistence of savings following EB Cx projects as well as on-going improvements. Mr. Parent was also retained by OEE to develop and pilot the introductory recommissioning courses. Mr. Parent is also recognized as an expert energy simulator by LEED and has performed many LEED simulations as well as third party reviews of energy simulations. Mr. Parent has performed over 100 reviews of EE4/eQuest simulations, including many required for LEED submissions. Mr. Parent is a recognized LEED technical reviewer. He is one of the three trainers, recognized by the Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE), in the use of the simulation tool EE4 used for LEED applications. Furthermore, he was contracted by Natural Resources Canada to evaluate the possible adaptations and usefulness of using Portfolio Manager within the Canadian market as a recommissioning tool.
Mr. Parent has been involved with RETScreen since its initial development. He has been in charge of developing the ground source heat pump module for RETScreen as well as being a technical reviewer for the solar (air and water) heating module, the wind energy module and photovoltaic modules of the initial versions of RETScreen. Mr. Parent is also an experienced RETScreen user, having been using the tool since its initial development until today in numerous feasibility analysis studies for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Stephen Dixon is a freelance energy consultant. As Principal of TdS Dixon Inc., of St. Jacobs, Ontario, he brings a practical, hands-on approach to the challenge of developing the energy management capacities of a broad range of institutional, commercial and industrial organizations. Stephen has accumulated more than 35 years of energy management experience, including more than 800 energy assessments and the facilitation of over 1,700 energy management workshops. Stephen holds an M.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a B.Sc. in Physics from UPEI.
Stephen’s extensive experience with RETScreen began with his significant contributions to the design and development of RETScreen’s energy efficiency models in RETScreen v4. Subsequently, Stephen’s popular Monitoring Targeting & Reporting Tool featuring simple regression and CUUSM functions inspired and informed the development of the RETScreen Plus Performance Analysis tools. Finally, Stephen provided technical support to the development of RETScreen’s newest version RETScreen Expert. Stephen has successfully delivered over 25 RETScreen training sessions and incorporated RETScreen training into more than 100 energy management training workshops.
The course includes...
- On the first day of training, you will receive your copy of the preparation workbook. This document is included in the course fee.
- Please note that all breakfasts and lunches, as well as the morning and afternoon coffee breaks are also included in the course fee.
If you are unable to attend the course, you may substitute another person in your place without penalty. All cancellations or postponements must be communicated to CIET by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Registrations cancelled more than 4 weeks prior to the course starting date: no penalty.
- Registrations cancelled between 2 and 4 weeks prior to the course starting date will be assessed an administration charge of $100.
- Registrations cancelled 2 weeks or less prior to the course starting date will be assessed 50% of the registration fee.