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Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

Improving the operational performance of the nation’s offices, schools, hospitals, and other commercial buildings offers significant energy savings. It also requires highly skilled and qualified workers, particularly as building technologies become more advanced. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) worked with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and industry stakeholders to develop the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines -- voluntary national guidelines to improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce credentials. The Guidelines focus on four key energy-related jobs: Building Energy Auditor, Building Commissioning Professional, Building Operations Professional, Energy Manager.


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NIBS Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council
The NIBS Commercial Workforce Certification Council is responsible for developing and updating the technical content of the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines. Sign up on the NIBS website if you want to contribute to the effort.

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Additional Information

DOE also provides resources geared specifically towards the industrial sector workforce: 

  • Better Plants In-Plant Trainings (INPLTs) pass on valuable technical expertise on energy-saving projects and practices to partners’ workforces. Since 2011, 1,600 industrial workers have benefited from participating in INPLTs.
  • Through DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC), university students from across the country have conducted more than 18,000 no-cost energy assessments. They are not only helping small- and medium-sized manufacturers save energy, but also gaining valuable, hands-on training for their own engineering careers. 

Building Re-Tuning Training
As much as 20% of the energy consumed in commercial buildings is due to inefficient operations. This is energy that can be saved with operational improvements and does not require major capital investments. This building re-tuning training program is designed to educate building operators, facility engineers, and service personnel in commercial buildings about how to find and fix these energy-wasting practices.

Workforce Resources for Better Buildings Partners
This collection of resources can help Better Buildings partners as they continue to pursue energy efficiency improvements at their facilities through a more engaged and well-trained workforce.