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Building Science of Commercial Buildings

Wed, 4/14/2021 - 9:00am - 10:30am


This course is the fIRST in a four-part Sustainable Building Maintenance Series.

The purpose of this course is to introduce building staff and management to the primary systems in commercial buildings that use energy.  This course will explain how the HVAC, lighting, and building envelope operates, interact, and use energy.  The attendees will learn examples of and good practices for energy efficiency opportunities, overview, and tools for making sound economic decisions related to energy efficiency upgrades, and understand when to use nationally recognized energy efficiency tools and their expected level of effort and cost. 

Intended Audience 

This course is ideal for onsite O&M staff responsible for day-to-day building operation; O&M staff management looking to integrate energy efficiency into their O&M procedures; and offsite contractors (retro-commissioning agents or control vendors) hired to improve a building's energy efficiency.


Prerequisite Knowledge 



Course Fee

Green Building United Members: Free

Pathways to Green Schools Participant: Free 

Energize Delaware Program Participant: Free

Non-Members: $50 (Bundle and save! Register for all 4 sessions for $150)


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Course Overview

High-level descriptions and understandings of the following topics: 

  • Building envelope, HVAC systems, and lighting systems 

  • Plug load management 

  • Building automation systems (BAS) and building metering with tariff analysis  

  • Specific examples, rules-of-thumb, and energy efficiency opportunities for each of the systems described above. These will focus on energy end-use strategies to minimize energy costs, energy demand charges, and overall energy usage. 

  • Overview and tools for economic decision-making process to include local efficiency incentives available and the application process. 

  • Demonstration of the importance and use of nationally recognized energy efficiency tools. Understand when to use each of the tools and the expected level of effort and cost for each. 

  • EPA Portfolio Manager, DOE Energy Asset Score, and LEED O+M process 


Learning Objectives 

  • Have a general knowledge of the primary energy end-use systems of commercial buildings, and how they operate. 

  • Know at least two energy conservation measures (ECMs) for each primary system 

  • Know which energy efficiency screening/documentation tool is best for a given energy upgrade scenario 


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