Learn operations and maintenance strategies that can increase efficiency, save money, improve building comfort, and reduce waste and pollution. The class includes field training in multifamily buildings and concludes with students developing a basic Green Building plan of action for their own buildings. Students can qualify to take the exam for the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Multifamily Building Operator Certification (MFBO).
This 33-hour course is comprised of the following 10 units followed by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Multifamily Building Operator Certification Exam.
1. Building Science & Building Envelope — Covers the fundamentals of building science and examines a 'whole-building' approach to operations and maintenance. The focus is on the building envelope and topics include pressure barrier, thermal barrier, and moisture barrier, as well as the movement of air, heat and moisture and strategies to address these issues.
2. Lighting — Covers all aspects of lighting, including lighting types, lighting quality, efficiency and controls. The unit also discusses appliance efficiency ratings.
3. Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) — Covers basic efficiency strategies for multifamily building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Topics include combustion science, combustion efficiency, boilers, controls and distribution, as well as efficiency strategies for each of these areas.
4. Field Exercise (HVAC): Mechanical Rooms and Roof — On-site visit to a multifamily building boiler room, elevator room and roof where instructors review how to inspect a boiler room, perform a steady state efficiency test, inspect an elevator room and rooftop ventilation equipment and how to apply efficiency strategies and best practices.
5. Sustainability/Indoor Environmental Quality —Covers the indoor atmosphere of a building, strategies to avoid and limit indoor pollutants, an introduction to green cleaning and the concept of green purchasing.
6. Water Conservation — Covers the essentials of water use and water conservation strategies. Topics include understanding water use, low flow appliances, leak detection, and leak repair.
7. Field Exercise: Hallway, Lobby, Apartment — On-site visit to a building to walk through and evaluate an apartment, evaluate hallways and common areas, and observe the building’s envelope.
8. Utilities & Energy Benchmarking — Covers measuring and managing energy use by understanding and working with fuel bills. Topics include reading and understanding bills, understanding energy benchmarking, recognizing trends, and identifying opportunities for savings.
9. Green Building Work Plan — Students develop a basic action plan for improving their buildings based on concepts and strategies taught in the course. In addition, the class discusses strategies and techniques to communicate effectively with building owners, tenants, and staff on your action plan, including payback and incentives for improvements.
10. Review & Practice Exam — A review and practice test are given to help prepare for the BPI certification exams – a written and field exam. Students must score high enough on the practice test to qualify to take the BPI certification exams.