Hello and welcome to the Green Operator, a page devoted to improving the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings by providing building operators with the skills to implement energy efficient operations and maintenance (O&M). Building operators are the building service professionals that are responsible for all aspects of O&M in large multifamily residential buildings.
Energy efficient O&M is the practice of ensuring that all systems within a building are running at peak performance. This includes the testing, cleaning, and intelligent use of a building's heating, cooling, and ventilations systems. Additionally, energy efficient O&M includes the air sealing of a building's envelope, the use of efficient lighting and lighting controls, and minimizing water use.
We hope this content will help teach and inspire building operators everywhere to maximize the sustainability of their buildings and elevate an entire profession to meet the needs of an energy efficiency 21st century.
For a more thorough discussion of some of the basic heating and ventilation systems in a multifamily building, go to our training videos.
Meet John Sarich, the resident manager of New York City's William Beaver House and a member of 32BJ. John will take you step-by-step through various projects he made in his buidling. These videos are a great start to making your building greener. Before John began this process he formed an impressive green building plan and then set about implementing it. Enjoy!
Keeping good records and logging the perfermance and maintenance of your buildings mechanical systems is critical to ensuring they operate at peak efficiency. Learn tips from John on effective ways to keep logs in your building.
Indoor Air Quality
We all spend a lot of time indoors, but what if staying indoors was worse for your health than being outdoors. Well, it's true. John Sarich will discuss how the air is different indoors compared to outdoors and how making simple changes to the products that you use, you can make indoor air healthier for you, your staff and your residents.
How many times have you wished that someone would just turn the lights off after they leave a room to help save on electricity costs? It's one of the easiest ways to save money in your building. In this video, John will show you how to install the sensors and how to choose the optimal place for installation.
Some lights in the building stay on all day, and all night, long. They light the way and provide much needed security. But during the night, the halls aren't used nearly as much, so the amount of lighting can be reduced. To reduce the amount of lights, you can install a timer where at a certain point of the night, the timer turns the extra lights off and turns them back on when they are needed. It's another easy installation that results in energy and money saved. John Sarich takes you through the process of installing timers and the benefits for your building in our newest Green Supers video.
Air Sealing (English)
Meet Victor Nazario, a truly green resident manager. In this video Victor is going to walk through simple strategies for air sealing multifamily apartments in New York City.
Air Sealing (Spanish)