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A forum on the successful Green Supers Training program was held on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013. This joint labor/management initiative was launched as an innovative training program to give building operators a comprehensive approach to energy management in multifamily buildings. The training targeted building superintendents, handypersons and other building service workers as catalysts for change.
The course covered basic concepts and efficiency strategies on building envelope, lighting, HVAC, as well as Indoor Environmental Quality. It culminated in a Green Building Plan and testing for the BPI Multifamily Building Operator Certification and Urban Green Council's certificate for Green Professional in Operations and Maintenance (GPRO). Over 2,000 union members have gone through this training.
32BJ Training Fund retained Steven Winter Associates (SWA) to complete an assessment of the impacts of the Green Supers Program. SWA conducted an exhaustive study, including:
- Interviews with 38 program graduates
- Analysis of 902 surveys conducted by 32BJ Training
- Visits to 18 buildings operated by program graduates
- Building energy consumption analysis for 43 buildings
- 4 whole-building case studies of energy efficiency improvements implemented by program graduates
- 5 isolated energy conservation measure case studies showcasing implemented sustainability strategies
SWA coordinated with 32BJ Training staff throughout the assessment to capture the diversity of ways in which the Green Supers program has impacted property service workers and the buildings in which they work. SWA’s measurement and verification evaluation showed parallel conclusions to the EPA/DOE study: 5% to 20% energy savings are achievable by improving operational efficiency.
Over the course of the assessment, SWA worked with 32BJ Training staff to identify 38 program graduates to participate in phone or in-person interviews to discuss their perception of the program. These property service workers were selected based on 32BJ Training’s recommendations for program participants that were most engaged and showed the most sophisticated understanding of the concepts related through the program.