Green buildings are a recent trend in the building industry. Many building owners and operators want their buildings to earn a Green certification so they are recognized as buildings that are efficiently run and offer a better quality of life for residents. In turn, these owners and operators want to hire staff that understand Green building concepts, strategies and technology.
The 32BJ Green Building Training program is a cooperative effort between property managers, 32BJ members, union staff, and our city’s Greenest superintendents. We provide the New York City metropolitan area with a professional building service workforce capable of reducing energy use, conserving water, saving money, and providing a cleaner and healthier building to live in.
The 32BJ Green Building Training program has developed a series of courses that teach the best practices for sustainable operation and maintenance (O&M). Our courses offer Green training for residential multifamily buildings and commercial buildings and the opportunity to earn industry recognized certifications. We also offer courses on the LEED rating system used by high performance buildings and the opportunity to earn LEED Professional certifications.
All 32BJ union members who are eligible to participate in the training program can enroll in Green Building courses. Property managers in buildings that participate in the training fund can also organize on-site classes for their 32BJ supers and other eligible 32BJ building staff. As students complete each course, they can qualify to take free certification exams.
If you are a property management firm, a building owner, or a 32BJ building service worker, contact us and we will help coordinate your participation in our program.
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Below are the Green Courses that are currently offered. These courses can be combined with other training to earn a diploma in Green Residential or Green Commercial – click here to see the requirements:
Sustainable O&M for Multifamily Building Operators
Green Residential (L1): Multifamily Building Operator - 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 building. Students can qualify to take the exam for the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Multifamily Building Operator Certification.
Green Residential (L2): GPRO Operations & Maintenance - Gain an understanding of the basics of sustainability and green buildings, including the benefits and purposes of green buildings and the concepts behind them. Course includes a review of NYC Green Building laws, renewable energy technologies, and a Green Building tour. Students can qualify to take the exam for the GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green and Operations and Maintenance certificate.
Green Residential (L3): BPI Multifamily Building Analyst - Learn advanced concepts around building operations so you can more fully evaluate and propose projects. The course provides in-depth training in building envelope, energy modeling, HVAC and lighting. Students learn how to measure energy and heat loss and practice applying these tools in exercises, including air sealing and roof fan maintenance. Students who successfully complete this course can qualify to take the exams for the BPI Multifamily Building Analyst Certification.
Sustainable O&M for Commercial Building Operators
Green Commercial (L1): GPRO Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing - Learn about advanced Green technologies and strategies used for MEP— Mechanical (HVAC and Refrigeration), Electrical and Plumbing. Learn how to collaborate with the respective trades that employ these strategies. Students can qualify to take the exams for GPRO Electricity, Plumbing and HVACR certificates.
Green Commercial (L2): Building Operator Certification I (BOC I) - Earn the Building Operator Certification I for commercial building operators. Learn about strategies to improve the energy use, system efficiency, and overall performance of commercial properties.
Green Commercial (L3): Building Operator Certification II (BOC II) - Earn the Building Operator Certification II. Learn about the tools commercial building operators need to implement energy-saving O&M practices. Gain a better understanding of major building systems and the tools to measure performance, energy use and savings.
Learn about the LEED rating system used by high performance buildings and earn LEED Credentials
Green Professional (L1): LEED Green Associate - Learn about the process and concepts of LEED rating systems. Gain an understanding of the purpose, intent, and concepts used to certify a building as LEED. Students can qualify to take the exam for the LEED Green Associate credential.
Green Professional (L1): LEED AP O&M - Learn the credits and processes used to certify a building under the LEED Existing Building Operations & Maintenance rating system. Students can qualify to take the exam for the LEED Accredited Professional in Operations & Maintenance.
Sample class: Basic Green Supers Curriculum
(Green Residential (L1): Multifamily Building Operator)
The Residential Green program begins with a basic 33-hour Green Supers course. This course is an introduction to Green Building concepts, including building envelope, lighting efficiency, efficiency strategies for multifamily heating systems and Indoor Environmental Quality. Students who complete the course can qualify to take a free exam for the Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification for Multifamily Building Operator. The 32BJ Training Fund has held over 200 Green Supers classes, resulting in over 2,000 union members completing the course. Below is the curriculum for the Green Supers course.
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.