Building Operations Professionals

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Building Operations Professionals

Intended to produce a new class of building operators performing at the highest levels, this High Performance Building Operations Professional (HPBOP) initiative brings in the collective thinking of leaders in the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) segment. It is based on the US Department of Energy job task analyses that informs curriculum development for a systems approach to commercial building installation, operations, and maintenance. New job skills such as energy data analysis, environmental controls, and building automation systems comprise the primarily electromechanical approach to HVAC performance used by the current building operations workforce.

HPBOP has received the endorsement of BOMA California:  read more here!

BOMA, Laney College, and the BEST Center are offering a limited number of seats for High Performance Building Operator Professional training, a 12-class course between January 20 and March 3, 2017 at no cost. Read more here.

Project Lead: Laney College BEST Center

About the Project Site

The BEST Center (Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow) at Laney College receives base funding from the National Science Foundation to develop energy efficiency education and training curricula for adoption by community colleges statewide. The EE&U Sector Team has engaged Laney in a statewide training program for High Performance Building Operations Professionals based on job task analyses completed by the US Department of Energy.

This program’s mission is to set a new paradigm in the installation, operations, and maintenance of commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Given the potential for energy savings, the CPUC set targets to improve HVAC performance by 50% by 2020 and 75% by 2030.

A statewide approach to educate the workforce is required to keep up with the new skills and knowledge among a majority of approximately 58,000 current workers, with these mandates:

  • Upgrade existing building stock, the largest component of 2020 Zero Net Energy goals
  • Create parallel programs to up-skill incumbent workers while building the entry-level pipeline
  • Apply “Creative Commons” intellectual property licensing that makes curriculum available to community colleges and apprenticeship programs
  • Establish a credentialing structure that will unify current certificate programs into specific competencies recognized and valued by industry
  • Phase new curriculum into existing education and training programs, reflecting the nation’s best thinking on HVAC knowledge, skills, and abilities, and supporting the new credentialing structure.

A statewide industry advisory council will guide the development of curriculum and assure stakeholder buy-in. Upon completion of the curriculum and pilot course, this initiative will be replicated throughout community colleges in California, and eventually adopted by community colleges nationwide.