This Fact Sheet provides an overview of the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines project. The Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) are working with industry stakeholders to develop voluntary national guidelines that will improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce training and certification programs for five key energy-related jobs.
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7x7x7: Design Energy Water is an innovative program by the Division of the State Architect that encouraged California school districts to develop long-range master plans that reduce energy and water consumption on campuses and improve the quality of educational spaces. The State Architect engages seven architectural firms to develop seven conceptual case studies that reduce school energy and water consumption and result in better learning environments on seven different types of campuses (six K-12 schools and a community college). The seven campuses are representative of typical building types from different eras constructed across California’s varied climate zones. The purpose and primary goal of this program is to enable all existing K-14 facilities to be zero energy by 2030.
New Buildings Institute’s annual zero energy status update and zero energy buildings list.
This advanced specification provides energy guidelines for a highly efficient low voltage distribution transformer.
This draft specification provides a description of performance characteristics for high-efficiency commercial electric storage water heaters.
This advanced specification provides energy guidelines for a highly efficient ultra-low temperature laboratory freezer.
This draft specification provides a description of performance characteristics for high-efficiency fume hood models. Fume hoods are used to exhaust hazardous gases from laboratory activities, and are typically found in commercial buildings that contain laboratories, such as hospitals, universities, and research facilities. The final specification will be developed with Commercial Building Energy Alliance (CBEA) member and manufacturer input and include minimum requirements that will be of interest to a critical number of CBEA members.
This draft specification provides a description of required performance characteristics for high-efficiency gas unit heaters. Commercial buildings with large open spaces use gas unit heaters as a localized heating source, often in addition to central heating systems.