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Workforce Accelerator Partners Set Big Goals at Kick Off

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 02, 2020
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As buildings become more efficient and technologically advanced, the next generation of the workforce needs to be prepared to develop, integrate, install, and diffuse energy-efficient technologies. Through DOE’s Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator (BBWA), partners are working to ensure training pathways for a diverse and qualified building efficiency workforce that enable high performance buildings. BBWA kicked off its workforce development efforts with its first partner meeting on September 16, 2020.

Over 30 organizations have committed to enhancing the energy efficiency workforce through one or more of the following focus areas:

 Infographic text reads: Build interest by showcasing building energy efficiency careers as welcoming, impactful, and rewarding. Streamline paths by clarifying pathways for building efficiency careers and adding building science to established credentials. Improve skills by updating continuing education and increasing the use of digital tools to detect faults and manage performance.

This three-year effort will support a vision of the U.S. building workforce as a global leader in delivering quality efficiency products and services to American residents and businesses, thereby increasing energy affordability across the economy.

Accelerator partners represent a broad mix of organizations including industry practitioners, trade associations, educational institutions, local and state governments, utilities, unions, and training providers. Together, the goals of these partners demonstrate a significant opportunity to make strides in workforce development:

Infographic text reads: Partner Goals by the Numbers. 7 partners developing new workforce programs. 8 partners targeting underrepresented communities. 8 partners providing technical support to members and chapters. Over 30 existing workforce programs analyzed. Over 100 new training/education resources produced. 20,000 surveys distributed to inform program updates. Over 36,000 participants trained. Over 400,000 people reached with information about green building careers.

Through the Workforce Accelerator, partners will be able to engage in several opportunities that assist them in working toward these goals. Partners will have access to technical assistance from building science experts through DOE and its National Laboratories. Partners will also have access to a collaborative software platform and participate in quarterly meetings to connect with and learn from each other. Additionally, partners will provide input on resources including guidance documents, case studies, and educational materials that help build the efficiency workforce.

To stay up-to-date on the Accelerator’s progress, visit the Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator on the Better Buildings Solution Center.