Sustainability Education

Energy Efficiency Training Programs through SLIM and VITEC

Building Operators Certification (BOC)

BOC is a competency-based training and certification program for building operators offering improved job skills in commercial energy auditing including topics such as facility electrical, HVAC and lighting systems, indoor air quality, environmental health and safety, and energy conservation. The BOC training program in energy auditing is licensed by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council in Seattle, Washington. BOC is for building engineers, HVAC technicians, electricians, maintenance workers, building managers, and others involved in running the facility.  BOC saves money for commercial and institutional buildings by improving the energy efficiency of lighting, heating and cooling systems, and by enabling operators to be proactive in complying with environmental regulations affecting facility operations and maintenance. Energy savings achieved by BOC graduates (www.theboc.info/w-energy-savings.html) show the demonstrated benefits graduates provide their organizations. BOC graduates save $20,000 annually on energy bills for their companies through energy conservation.

  • Certification: BOC through Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC)
  • Hours: 80 non-credit hours
  • Dates: January 27-April 28 (Every other Saturday)
  • Cost: Scholarships available for 2012*
  • Application: Available in November 1, 2011
  • Application due date:  November 30, 2011

*Scholarship funding from the State Energy Strategic Partnership (SESP); based on income and experience

Home Energy Survey Professional (HESP)

John Bendon of Green Building LLC will be instructing the next Home Energy Survey Professional (HESP) Training Program (formerly Small Business and Residential Energy Management).  The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative calls for dramatic increases in energy efficiency in upcoming years. Jump into the exciting, fast growing field of improved energy performance and residential energy audits. This class will provide participants with training in energy efficiency and building science and will prepare them to take the nationally recognized RESNET Home Energy Survey Professional test. Participants will gain hands on experience using state of the art building performance equipment and will leave with an understanding of appropriate technologies and strategies for improved energy performance in Hawaii. Topics include: building envelope features and performance, mechanical equipment types, renewable energy uses, appliance and lighting characteristics, etc. This course is appropriate for contractors, architects, inspectors, or anyone looking to pursue a career in an emerging industry in Hawaii.

Details on the next Home Energy Survey Professional class are as follows:

  • Certification: Residential Energy Survey Network (RESNET)
  • Hours: 48 non-credit hours
  • Dates: TBD 2012
  • Times: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Maui College
  • Cost: 15 Scholarships available for 2011 and 2012*
  • Scholarship Application link: Available January 1, 2012
  • Scholarship Application due date: TBD

*Scholarship funding from the State Energy Strategic Partnership (SESP).

Intro to Green Building and LEED exam prep

The Intro to Green Building and LEED Exam prep training program is a 2 day curriculum that includes both classroom and hands on experience with performance testing equipment.  This class is intended to form a strong foundation in the fields of green building and energy efficiency.  It will introduce participants to a variety of topics, upon which the US Green Building Council bases its LEED certification program, including: sustainable sites, indoor air quality, green materials, water conservation, and energy efficiency.  Combining building science and energy efficiency components of RESNET and BPI with core concepts identified by LEED, will give participants a strong foundation in understanding green building strategies that work in Hawaii.

The class will finish with a one day LEED Green Associate (GA) Exam Preparation workshop that ties the class to a nationally recognized designation.

Details on the next Intro to Green Building class are as follows:

  • Certification: LEED GA
  • Hours: 16 non-credit hours
  • Dates: February 16-17, August 16-17
  • Times: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Maui College
  • Cost: Scholarships available for 2011 and 2012*
  • Application link: Available December 1
  • Application due date: January 15, July 15

*Scholarship funding from the State Energy Strategic Partnership (SESP).

Intermediate Green Building

The intermediate class is currently being developed. It will build upon the concepts outlined in the Introduction to Green Building Class and will provide the required project experience necessary to sit for the LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty designation. Each class session will cover one of the credit categories in the LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance certification. Students will have group project assignments on an actual building seeking LEED certification. This may include using specialized performance testing equipment at site visits for required energy audits etc.

Intermediate Green Building will be offered in 2012.  Dates to be announced.  Scholarships available.

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Phone: 808-984-3379

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