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Lower Delaware Building Operator Training

Fri, 4/5/2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Sussex Central High School, 26026 Patriots Way, Georgetown, DE 19947

Join us for a full day of building science education for school facilities

  • Building Science of Commercial Buildings

  • Building Operator Training and Re-tuning

Our morning and afternoon sessions will be facilitated by Practical Energy Solutions. Please review the overview and learning objectives of each workshop below. 

Lunch will be provided. 

This event is FREE for Delaware Schools

To register, please email lharvey@greenbuildingunited.org

This event is funded through the Delaware Pathways to Green Schools Program

Building Science of Commercial Buildings | AM Session | 9am-12pm

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

  • Onsite operations and maintenance (O&M) staff looking to increase their knowledge of building science and how to identify energy savings opportunities
  • Building management seeking to become more familiar with how their buildings operate, which variables have the biggest influence on energy costs, and how and when to make energy efficiency upgrades that meet their economic criteria



  • High-level descriptions of and understandings of the following topics:
    • Building envelope
    • HVAC systems
    • Lighting systems
    • Plug load management
    • Building automation systems (BAS)
    • 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
    • LEED-EBOM 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



Building Operator Training and Re-tuning | PM Session | 1pm-4pm


The purpose of this course is to help operations and maintenance (O&M) staff learn how to operate buildings more efficiently, reduce operating cost, and provide energy savings. This course will provide prescriptive best practices for maintaining good operations, and an overview of the re-tuning process using building automation system (BAS) trend data.  Attendees will learn how to look for and optimize the control strategy for many of the common energy saving opportunities such as occupancy scheduling, temperature, and static pressure control, and economizer function.  Attendees will also learn the basic principles of preventative maintenance, electrical diagnostics, building commissioning, and demand response.


Intended Audience

  • Onsite O&M staff responsible for day-to-day building operations
  • O&M staff management looking to integrate the re-tuning process into their O&M procedures
  • Offsite contractors (retro-commissioning agents or control vendors) hired to improve a building's energy efficiency


Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Basic understanding of commercial building systems (e.g. air handling units, VAV boxes, boilers, chillers)
  • Familiar with basic functions of building automation systems (BAS)



  • Prescriptive best practices for good building operations
  • Overview of the re-tuning process using BAS data
  • Actionable guidance on how to look for and optimize the control strategy of each of the following re-tuning measures:
    • Occupancy Scheduling 
    • Discharge-Air Temperature Control 
    • Discharge- Air Static Pressure Control 
    • Air-Handling Unit Heating and Cooling 
    • Air- Handling Unit Outside/Fresh Air makeup 
    • Air-Handling Unit Economizer Operation 
    • Zone Conditioning 
    • Central Plant Optimization 
  • Basic principles of the following topics and when they are most applicable:
    • Preventative Maintenance and Troubleshooting 
    • Electrical and Mechanical Diagnostics 
    • Building Commissioning
    • Demand Response Techniques


Learning Objectives

  • Be able to list five low/no-cost prescriptive O&M measures that may apply to your building
  • Be able to describe the basics of the re-tuning process, and some of the benefits
  • List at least three examples of poor operations that can be found through the re-tuning process

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