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Technical Assistance Outcomes
Technical Assistance (TA) from subject matter experts is available to Accelerator partners to support their workforce goals related to high-performance buildings and energy efficiency. TA projects are intended to fill a current need in energy efficiency education and workforce development and be both scalable and replicable for other organizations and stakeholders. Completed TA projects are available via links below.

Northwest Energy Efficiency Council’s Building Operator Certification Program DEI Analysis
Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) requested support in evaluating its Smart Building Center’s Building Operator Certification (BOC) training and certification program’s diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI) within the context of participant recruitment and success. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) was tasked with analyzing demographics of prior participants over a ten-year period including gender, military and veteran status, social vulnerability factors, and environmental health risk. View results of that initial DEI as well as step-by-step guidance on repeating and updating the analysis, and recommendations for future data collection and analysis.

Clean Energy Education and Training Resources and Opportunities in New York's Southern Tier Region
The Network for a Sustainable Tomorrow (NEST) requested technical assistance in conducting a landscape and needs assessment of existing clean energy education and workforce development assets in New York's Southern Tier Region. This report includes a baseline of clean energy employment data for the region, an inventory and gap analysis of the education and workforce development assets currently available and serving the region, and case studies of innovative and successful regional clean energy education and workforce coalitions from around the county.

Strategies and Approaches for Developing Hands-On Training for Cold Climate Heat Pumps
The International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (ICAST) requested technical assistance to support the development and implementation of their cold climate heat pump curriculum hands-on training program. This report offers a step-by step-overview of the process for developing a new workforce development and hands-on training program in a new region; outlines resources to help understand the market; and details practices to effectively recruit, train, and connect people to HVAC jobs installing cold climate heat pumps.

Education, Training, and Career Pathway Opportunities for Building Energy Efficiency Programs Within the Corps Network
The Corps Network requested technical assistance from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support Corps organizations involved in—or interested in developing—programs related to energy efficiency in buildings. The goal of this project is to provide industry-recognized energy efficiency education/training models and resources that can be tailored and replicated by Corps across the country, and which can best prepare Corps members to enter the energy efficiency workforce when they complete their terms of service.

Workforce Development Program Best Practices
As part of the Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator program, the City of Milwaukee had access to technical assistance, where they were able to work alongside University of Nebraska, Lincoln, to develop this report. The report summarizes best practices and case studies in workforce development programs to recruit, train and employ underserved and underrepresented populations. The report also outlines a prospectus business plan with recommendations for an offsite construction training program.   

Evolving Role of Energy Managers in Health Care Facilities
What is the role of an Energy Manager? How has it changed over time? In this webinar designed by Frontier, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) will discuss the essential skills of an energy manager, the growing importance of the role, and future trends for Health Care Energy Managers.

Energy & Environmental Building Alliance - High Performance Homes
An educational offering from EEBA to learn what zero energy and zero net energy for homes are, and why it is important. This webinar will cover general approaches to be zero energy, as well as recap California’s zero net energy approach and the important lessons learned.

Energy & Environmental Building Alliance - Zero Energy Homes Design
An educational offering from EEBA that aims to provide a clearer understanding of key concepts of zero energy homes, and discuss how the different definitions of zero energy, impact design strategies and performance. In the webinar, EEBA examines the direction of zero energy homes in markets like California and focuses discussion around identified key challenges in designing zero energy homes.

Energy & Environmental Building Alliance - Isolation Zones in Homes
An educational offering from EEBA discussing the approaches for effective isolation space control to minimize airborne transmission of contaminants in residential homes.

Energy & Environmental Building Alliance - Mechanical Ventilation
An educational offering from EEBA, this presentation will cover problems and solutions for residential whole-house mechanical ventilation systems (WHMV). Research has shown that homes intended to have WHMV are often under-ventilated, and this webinar will focus on areas of importance on the subject matter like design, measurement, and verification.

Developing a LEED Credit Roadmap for the Indoor Air Quality Credit
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory was tasked by the USGBC to develop a LEED Credit Roadmap (LCR) for one specific LEED credit offering to establish a process for identifying the technical skills required to earn this LEED credit. This report summarizes the methods taken to construct the LCR and offers a visual depiction of the process and a rubric for evaluating gaps between skills needed and existing courses offered.

Energy Efficiency Assessment for a Microgrid Community
Through IREC’s participation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator, the Cooperativa and IREC requested technical assistance to support this microgrid project. Staff from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) were selected to conduct a comprehensive energy efficiency assessment for the commercial buildings to maximize the impact of the solar PV microgrid. The report also focuses on deploying information on energy and cost savings for educating business owners, and a building assessment checklist tool for use in working with university students to collect data for analysis.

RECENT BLOGS

Workforce Accelerator December 2021 Partner Meeting Report-Out December 17, 2021
The 2021 December Partner meeting featured updates from the Intersrare Renewable Energy Council on the launch of the National Clean Energy Workforce, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council new building operations certification program, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory JUMP into STEM program.

Workforce Accelerator Report-Out From the 2021 Summit July 7, 2021
The 2021 Summit featured two sessions with speakers from the Accelerator, who shared how they used the Accelerator to further their goals in the energy efficiency workforce and thought leadership.

New Online Resources to Support U.S. Green Building Workforce April 30, 2021
Select Accelerator partners shared deliverables focused on green building career development and advancement during their quarterly call.

The Latest from the Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator December 22, 2020
Workforce Accelerator partners provided updates on the progress toward their goals at their first quarterly meeting.

Workforce Accelerator Partners Set Big Goals at Kick Off October 2, 2020
DOE kicked off its workforce development efforts with its first partner meeting where participants discussed their goals and focus areas. 

 

Partners

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American Association of Blacks in Energy & Jonah Cooper LLC
American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
ASHRAE: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
Auburn University Rural Studio
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
Building Performance Association
Coalfield Development
Confluence Communications
CUNY: The City University of New York
D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)
Elevate (formerly Elevate Energy)
Emerald Cities Collaborative
Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA)
Greenwork
Home Builders Institute
Institute for Market Transformation
International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
Lane Community College
Longmont, CO
Mississippi Development Authority
National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Network for a Sustainable Tomorrow (NEST)
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU)
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC)
Roxbury Community College
Strategic Energy Innovations
The Corps Network
The Solar Foundation - Puerto Rico
U.S. Green Building Council
Urban Green Council
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Energy Engineer Advisory Board

Location

Alabama

Auburn University Rural Studio

California

Colorado

Connecticut

District Of Columbia

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)
Institute for Market Transformation
U.S. Green Building Council
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Energy Engineer Advisory Board

Georgia

ASHRAE: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

Illinois

American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
Elevate (formerly Elevate Energy)

Massachusetts

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Roxbury Community College

Mississippi

Mississippi Development Authority

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

CUNY: The City University of New York
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Urban Green Council

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oregon

Lane Community College

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

The Solar Foundation - Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Texas

International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

Virginia

National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

Washington

Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC)

West Virginia

Coalfield Development