BOMA eEnergy Training Course Modules

eEnergy Training Introduction

Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in building operations are widely recognized as critically important to maintaining a fiscally responsible operation and mitigating climate change impacts. BOMA’s eEnergy Training for Building Operators eleven modules provide an excellent operations knowledge base including ideas for operational changes, capital upgrades, engaging people and building the business case for energy management. Each module is offered separately, allowing users to customize their training experience.

  • Understand the course layout.
  • Familiarize yourself with the learning interface.

Energy Management Overview

Learn what energy management is, why it’s important and about the benefits of developing an energy management program. See what is involved in the process, who the players are and what savings opportunities exist.

  • Define energy management.
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of the players involved in the energy management process.
  • Describe how to find energy savings opportunities.

Energy Basics

Get started with Energy Basics. This module provides foundational concepts for all other modules. Learn the principles of electrical and thermal energy, measurement units and simple energy calculations.  

  • Define basic principles of electrical energy.
  • Define basic principles of thermal energy.
  • Manipulate units of measurement.
  • Perform simple energy calculations.

Metering and Billing

You can’t manage what you don’t measure.  Learn how to understand and analyze existing energy data sources, what devices can help you learn more about building energy use and get a sense of how your building’s energy usage compares to others.

  • Interpret the energy bill.
  • Calculate the incremental cost of energy.
  • Organize energy use data for analysis.
  • Benchmark facility performance.
  • Describe basic monitoring devices useful in buildings.

Lighting Systems

Lighting is a visible building component that impacts occupant productivity and comfort.  Learn the basics of office building lighting types and how to: identify operational and technical efficiency opportunities, take lighting measurements and estimate potential lighting upgrade savings.

  • Describe the fundamentals of lighting in office building applications.
  • Understand the operation of the various different types of lights.
  • Explain how to use a light meter.
  • Identify operational and technical opportunities for lighting efficiency improvements.
  • Estimate potential savings from lighting upgrades.

Electrical Systems

Electrical systems have a big impact on operational and energy efficiency of a building.  Learn about how to use demand profiles,  energy efficient motors,power factor improvements and savings opportunities from voltage optimization.  (Note: lighting is not covered in this module.)

  • Describe the methods for obtaining and annotating a demand profile.
  • Identify savings opportunities from the demand profile.
  • Identify operational factors which influence a motor's efficiency.
  • Estimate potential savings for selection of a higher efficiency motor.
  • Estimate potential savings for power factor improvement.
  • Describe the savings opportunities for electrical distribution systems optimization.

HVAC Systems

HVAC is resposible for a significant amount of energy usage in most buildings and is critical to both comfort, health and energy use.  Learn about the advantages and disadvantagest of different systems, what instruments can be used for taking measurements, what opportunities for savings exist and how to estimate savings values.

  • Describe the fundamentals of HVAC in office building applications.
  • Describe the instruments you can use for energy measurements.
  • Identify operational and technical opportunities for energy savings.
  • Estimate potential savings.

Building Controls

Optimizing building controls could save you up to 25% in building energy usage.  Learn the fundamentals of building controls, how to identify efficiency improvement opportunities and save energy.

  • Explain the fundamental actions of building controls in office building applications.
  • Identify opportunities for efficiency improvement and energy savings through controls optimization.

Heating Systems

Heating plants are a critical part of maintaining occupancy comfort by addressing the needs to heat outside air, and offset building heat losses as well as provide domestic hot water.  Learn the fundamentals of boilers used in office building Heating Plants and how to: use the combustion analyzer, identify Heating System operational and technical energy saving opportunities and estimate potential energy savings.

  • Describe the fundamentals of Heating Plants in office building applications.
  • Explain how to use the combustion analyzer.
  • Identify operational opportunities for energy savings.
  • Identify technical opportunities for energy savings.
  • Estimate potential energy savings.

Cooling Systems

Cooling systems are a critical part of mechanical systems in buildings for occupant comfort (temperature and humidity control) as well as providing IT cooling requirements.  Learn the basics of refrigeration, the different types of chillers and configurations of Cooling Plants and how to identify and estimate operational and capital projects savings opportunities. 

  • Describe the basic refrigeration process.
  • Explain the fundamentals of Chillers and Cooling Plants in office building applications.
  • Describe the instruments you can use for energy measurements.
  • Identify operational opportunities for energy savings.
  • Identify opportunities for energy savings through capital projects..

Behavioural Opportunities

Saving energy goes beyond building components and systems. People have the potential to save energy with their actions and behaviours.  Learn  what energy savings opportunities exist for building occupants and how to motivate behaviour change among staff and tenants.

  • Identify areas where actions by tenants and staff can reduce energy use.
  • Identify methods of communication that could be used to motivate tenants.
  • Describe how to encourage people to change their energy consumption behaviour.

Selling the Project

Great energy savings ideas often get stalled due to lack of buy in.  Learn how to develop and present a business case to gain approval and support for your energy management projects. 

  • Summarize a project's costs and benefits as part of a business case or capital budget to move forward with your energy management projects.
  • Sell the benefits of energy projects.

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