NIST: Centers for Building Operations & Excellence
BPL was the recipient of an award from the National Institute of Standards & Technology’s new Building Construction Technology Extension Program (BCTEP), which is a new area of focus under its existing MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partners) program. MEP works with small and mid-sized US manufacturers to provide services and technical assistance in the areas of innovation strategies, process improvements, and green manufacturing. MEP also works with partners at the state and federal levels on programs that put manufacturers in position to develop new customers, expand into new markets, and create new products.
BPL’s role in the BCTEP program will be to provide curriculum and training in an energy-focused process known as Building Re-Tuning (BRT). Building Re-Tuning aims at identifying and correcting operational inefficiencies in buildings that lead to energy waste and unnecessary wear and tear on capital equipment. Through this partnership, the BCTEP will provide BRT training and support aimed at a statewide audience of building operators and owners/managers.
In addition to the delivery of the training to a wider building-operator audience, the BCTEP program will also support several student interns, who will learn valuable skills in data collection and analysis, as well as building operations and energy management.