Energy and Commerce Departments Announce New Centers for Building Operations Excellence
June 6, 2012
Part of administration’s Better Buildings Initiative, Centers Will focus on energy efficiency workforce development for building operations professionals
As outlined in June 19, 2012 Department of Commerce Press Release
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Commerce announced selections for three Centers for Building Operations Excellence that will receive a total of $1.3 million to create and deploy programs aimed at training and expanding current and incoming building operators. The Centers are part of the Obama administration’s Better Buildings Initiative, which is working to improve the energy efficiency of America’s commercial buildings 20 percent by 2020 with the potential to reduce American business’ energy bills by approximately $40 billion per year.
The three Centers for Building Operations Excellence will work with universities, local community and technical colleges, trade associations, and the Energy Department’s national laboratories to build training programs that provide commercial building professionals with the critical skills they need to optimize building efficiency while reducing energy waste and saving money. The DOE and Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) are jointly funding the Centers.
The Centers for Building Operations Excellence, chosen through a competitive grants process, utilize multi-organization partnerships and support from local and state governments. The selected Centers are:
To learn more about the Better Buildings Initiative, visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/betterbuildings/. To learn more about NIST MEP’s work to support manufacturers nationwide, visit www.nist.gov/mep.
The Centers were selected for funding under the Building Construction Technology Extension Program (BCTEP) Pilot Project, in collaboration with the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Building Technologies Program (BTP).