Building Operator Trainings - Half- or Full-Day Session

DVGBC | 2401 Walnut St., Suite 103 | Philadelphia, PA 19130
Wed, 03/15/2017 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

**All seats are full for our March trainings but we still have available seats for the trainings on Tuesday, April 18.**


Learn how to operate buildings more efficiently, reduce operating costs, and provide energy savings at DVGBC's half- and full-day building operator trainings.

Building Science of Commercial Buildings
AM Session | 8:00am to 12:00pm

$75 -- SOLD OUT

Building Operator Training and Re-tuning
PM Session | 1:00pm to 5:00pm

$75 -- SOLD OUT! 




Building Science of Commercial Buildings & 
Building Operator Training and Re-tuning

AM and PM Session | 8:00am to 5:00pm -- SOLD OUT!



Sign up for both and save $50! 

Each session approved for 4 GBCI and 4 AIA credits.


Building Science of Commercial Buildings | AM Session


The purpose of this course is to introduce building staff and management to the primary systems in commercial buildings that use energy.  This course will explain how the HVAC, lighting, and building envelope operate, interact, and use energy.  The attendees will learn examples of and good practices for energy efficiency opportunities, overview and tools for making sound economic decisions related to energy efficiency upgrades, and understand when to use nationally recognized energy efficiency tools and their expected level of effort and cost.

Intended Audience

  • Onsite operations and maintenance (O&M) staff looking to increase their knowledge of building science and how to identify energy savings opportunities
  • Building management seeking to become more familiar with how their buildings operate, which variables have the biggest influence on energy costs, and how and when to make energy efficiency upgrades that meet their economic criteria


  • High-level descriptions of and understandings of the following topics:
    • Building envelope
    • HVAC systems
    • Lighting systems
    • Plug load management
    • Building automation systems (BAS)
    • Building metering with tariff analysis 
  • Specific examples, rules-of-thumb, and energy efficiency opportunities for each of the systems described above. These will focus on energy end-use strategies to minimize energy costs, energy demand charges, and overall energy usage.
  • Overview and tools for economic decision making process to include local efficiency incentives available and the application process.
  • Demonstration of the importance and use of nationally recognized energy efficiency tools. Understand when to use each of the tools and the expected level of effort and cost for each.
    • EPA Portfolio Manager
    • DOE Energy Asset Score
    • LEED-EBOM process

Learning Objectives

  1. Have a general knowledge of the primary energy end-use systems of commercial buildings, and how they operate.
  2. Know at least two energy conservation measures (ECMs) for each primary system
  3. Know which energy efficiency screening/documentation tool is best for a given energy upgrade scenario


Building Operator Training and Re-tuning | PM Session 


The purpose of this course is to help operations and maintenance (O&M) staff learn how to operate buildings more efficiently, reduce operating cost, and provide energy savings. This course will provide prescriptive best practices for maintaining good operations, and an overview of the re-tuning process using building automation system (BAS) trend data.  Attendees will learn how to look for and optimize the control strategy for many of the common energy saving opportunities such as occupancy scheduling, temperature and static pressure control, and economizer function.  Attendees will also learn basic principles of preventative maintenance, electrical diagnostics, building commissioning, and demand response.

Intended Audience

  • Onsite O&M staff responsible for day-to-day building operations
  • O&M staff management looking to integrate the re-tuning process into their O&M procedures
  • Offsite contractors (retro-commissioning agents or control vendors) hired to improve a building's energy efficiency

Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Basic understanding of commercial building systems (e.g. air handling units, VAV boxes, boilers, chillers)
  • Familiar with basic functions of building automation systems (BAS)


  • Prescriptive best practices for good building operations
  • Overview of the re-tuning process using BAS data
  • Actionable guidance on how to look for and optimize the control strategy of each of the following re-tuning measures:
    • Occupancy Scheduling 
    • Discharge-Air Temperature Control 
    • Discharge- Air Static Pressure Control 
    • Air-Handling Unit Heating and Cooling 
    • Air- Handling Unit Outside/Fresh Air makeup 
    • Air-Handling Unit Economizer Operation 
    • Zone Conditioning 
    • Central Plant Optimization 
  • Basic principles of the following topics and when they are most applicable:
    • Preventative Maintenance and Troubleshooting 
    • Electrical and Mechanical Diagnostics 
    • Building Commissioning
    • Demand Response Techniques

Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to list five low/no-cost prescriptive O&M measures that may apply to your building
  2. Be able to describe the basics of the re-tuning process, and some of the benefits
  3. List at least three examples of poor operations that can be found through the re-tuning process


Please reach out to Katie Bartolotta with any questions.