Yesterday Mayor de Blasio announced the launch of the NYC Building Operator Training Program to help residential buildings cut energy costs up to 20 percent. The new program offers a no-cost, 30-hour training program for small, multifamily building maintenance staff on ways to reduce energy consumption. Participants will learn about energy and resource conservation techniques related to a building’s heating, electrical and water systems. This training model is designed to reduce energy costs between 5 percent and 20 percent without any major capital expenditures. The first group of participants will begin training on December 6 and the program will fully launch early next year.

In the press release, Mayor de Blasio drew the connection between the City’s OneNYC plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% from 2005 levels by 2050 and the new training program:

“New York City is showing what cities around the world can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat the effects climate change head-on. We have set a bold but achievable goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, and this new program will help us get there by making apartment buildings more energy efficient.”

BPL and the CUNY School of Professional Studies are proud partners in the program, led by the Department of Small Business and Services and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. From the press release:

“A cornerstone of our mission is service to the City and its workers,” said Dean John Mogulescu of the CUNY School of Professional Studies. “Over the past five years, we’ve partnered with the City of New York and the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems Building Performance Lab to train thousands of building operators of municipal buildings in energy efficiency best practices, and we’re proud to extend our support to the multi-family building workforce.”

The 10-week curriculum, developed by BPL Director Michael Bobker and BPL/SPS instructor Asit Patel, covers building systems (heating, electrical, and water), with an emphasis on preventative maintenance and energy efficiency. Research shows that this type of training results in energy savings of 5–20 percent, without requiring any major capital expenditures.

Over the past decade, operators of NYC’s municipal facilities and many commercial buildings have benefited from investments in training programs such as Building Operator Certification and 32 BJ’s Green Supers. Yet residential building staff have been underserved by training opportunities – until now.

All individuals that manage, operate and have hands-on access to building equipment and systems of small multifamily buildings (5-50 apartment units, at or below 50,000 net sq ft) are eligible for the training — please visit the webpage for more information and to sign up to be notified of class offerings.

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