Energy efficiency for commercial buildings is the goal of new course

June 1, 2012

Making commercial buildings more energy efficient is the goal of a new training program offered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

Energy Efficiency for Commercial Building Technicians is a training program designed to help technicians identify areas of improvement and implement applications and techniques that optimize energy performance in new and existing commercial buildings.

Development of the course was a collaborative effort by TEEX and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The blended learning course offers a prerequisite online introduction and overview followed by 32 hours of classroom sessions and practical applications. Topics include building codes and system components, test equipment, safety, tools and measurements, building assessment, options for energy efficiency and project planning. The course concludes with students conducting an on-site building assessment.

"We're very excited to be offering this new program, which could help businesses save money on energy costs," said Bill Stansbury, program director for utilities training with TEEX's Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute.

He said the first open-enrollment course will be offered Aug. 20-24 at the TEEX campus in San Antonio at 9350 S. Presa.

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