Meeting the Increasing Need for High-Performance Building Professionals
Real-time energy management to improve operational efficiencies is an ongoing challenge within the ever-evolving property and facility management industries. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), buildings in the US account for approximately 40 percent of total energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings can operate more efficiently by using tools such as US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® criteria; EPA Energy Star® and Energy Management Systems; and client education, outreach, and engagement. But there’s another, more important ingredient to success: the people who operate and manage the buildings.
A recent study conducted by the Tower Companies-a real estate development and management firm in Washington, D.C.-to reduce energy waste demonstrates the value of employing properly trained professionals. By deploying a team of professionals well-versed in the latest green building practices to review its systems, Tower Companies was able to make significant operation improvements that increased cost savings, tenant happiness, and employee retention.*
Such studies have taught companies and government organizations that energy efficiency not only involves investing wisely in the buildings themselves, but also in the employees who are responsible for their performance. And as green building codes advance and regulatory acts such as the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (FBPTA) are realized, more and more employers are requiring these professionals to obtain a higher level of training through recognized education providers.
While many sustainability education options within the industry focus solely on meeting green building design and construction standards, BOMI International-an FBPTA-aligned and approved GBCI CMP provider-recently introduced the first-ever High-Performance (HP) Program, which is specifically designed to enhance the competencies required to manage these high-performance sustainable building’s and facilities.
This latest three-course offering from BOMI International, a provider of continuing education to facility and property managers for over 44 years, was developed in conjunction with 38 industry leaders and subject matter experts (SME) to deliver the principles, daily practices, and investment strategies needed to optimize current and future high-performance building operations, create and apply sustainable initiatives, and most importantly, maximize cost-savings and environmental stewardship.
The first available among the three courses, High-Performance Sustainable Building Principles provides a complete overview of sustainable buildings and exposes learners to the critical components of the sustainable ecosystem. “High-performance buildings have been shown to command stronger comparative market rents, occupancies, and valuations,” said David Pogue, LEED AP, Global Director of Corporate Responsibility at CBRE and Lead SME for the course. “Our goal from the beginning was to develop a comprehensive, yet practical, examination of these important aspects to help professionals understand the rapidly growing sustainable building market trend, and we have achieved that with this course.
“The benefits of high-performance buildings can be significant, but only if best practices are followed throughout the entire building life cycle. Completion of any advanced sustainability-focused curriculum will help professionals better understand these components; however, the new HP Program is the only option that imparts to professionals the skills needed to envision, plan, manage, and obtain an ROI for sustainable initiatives-from low-cost to high-scale-within all segments of a built environment.
BOMI International Instructor Led Online Courses begin January 20, 2015- Registration now open-www.bomi.org/AGPOM.aspx
*Full case study available at:www.nrdc.org/business/casestudies/tower-companies.asp