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Energy UniversityEnergy University is a program of e-learning courses focused on major aspects of energy efficiency. These courses provide the information needed to identify, monitor, and manage energy use and to find new ways to create energy efficiency simply and effectively in any building or structure.

  • Project Talking Points

    • Energy University offers a free, online education toolset specific to energy efficiency, facility management, and facility operations.
    • Energy University offers facility operations staff opportunities to gain CEU credits and certifications or simply to learn about the sustainability aspects of how energy systems work.
    • Completion of the Energy University courses provides CEUs that can be used toward the AHA certifications CHFM (Certified Healthcare Facility Manager) and CHC (Certified Healthcare Constructor).
    • Energy University CEUs are also recognized by other industry organizations such as IFMA, BOMA, AEE, and AFE. See the Energy University website for a full list.
    • ASHE promotes professional development and continuing education for facility managers and operators and has endorsed three certification tracks in Energy University – Facility Manager, Energy Manager, Technician/Mechanic. (These are described in more detail elsewhere in this PIM.)
    • Energy University provides automatic reminders to help users complete in-session coursework.
    • The training and education Energy University offers increases the value and efficiency of staff working on energy issues with little to no investment cost.
    • Energy University provides cross-training for staff on various infrastructure systems for improved results.
    • Certification programs help identify future leaders in the facility department.
    • Continuing education encourages the professional growth of existing staff, leading to higher satisfaction and increased staff retention.
    • Energy University offers more than 180 courses. Not every PIM has an associated Energy University course and not every course has a connected PIM. The courses listed by ASHE professional development track in the Education Resources section in this PIM are only a portion of the available courses.
  • Triple Bottom Line Benefits

    • Cost benefits: Reducing costs starts with understanding building systems, energy consumption, and energy management and their relationship to operating costs.
    • Environmental benefits: An educated staff creates a culture of energy consciousness that will lessen a facility’s impact on the environment. Reducing energy use reduces environmental impacts from energy production.
    • Social benefits: Energy University content gives employees a platform for professional growth and improved job satisfaction. An educated and satisfied staff will better serve the organization’s ultimate customers – patients.
  • How-To

    For staff not seeking certification:

    1. Go to the Energy University College of Energy Efficiency Web page to review the list of available courses. You can click on the course title to learn more about a course. Or, link to a specific course referenced in a Roadmap performance improvement measure (PIM).
    2. Go to the "To register" head below.
    3. Register yourself and begin the coursework. At any time after you complete a course, you can print your certificate of completion. You can submit your certificates to receive ASHE CEU credits or credits from other relevant organizations.
    For facility engineering staff seeking certification:

    1. Formalize the program by making it a specific part of your department's continuing education program.
    2. Create an education task force or make Energy University part of an existing program. Include the VP Facilities/Operations, Facility Director/Manager, or other manager to be the liaison/lead and an administrator who will help administer, track, and monitor staff participation. Check with your facility's human resources department to see if they will track participation in these programs in each employee's file.
    3. Choose appropriate courses. Three learning pathways have been created to help each user choose courses that will provide a solid foundation in comprehensive energy management. ASHE has developed pathways through the Energy University course offerings for:
      • Facility managers: These courses include topics such as financial analysis of projects, demand response and smart grid, and distributed generation.
      • Energy managers: These courses cover subjects such as energy procurement options in regulated and deregulated markets, ways to balance hedging strategies, and methods for measuring and benchmarking energy performance.
      • Technicians and mechanics: These are foundational courses on building systems, including sessions on pumps, HVAC systems, fans, compressors, steam systems, and building controls.
    4. Identify training requirements versus optional courses. Establish annual goals for coursework completion and include these in staff goals/requirements.
    5. Identify and clearly articulate time requirements for taking the courses, and provide staff with time to complete the coursework by specified deadlines. Required training hours by certification:

      Facility Manager = 13 hours
      Energy Manager = 10 hours
      Technician/Mechanic = 18.75

    6. Have managers promote participation in the certification programs at staff meetings.
    7. Recognize individuals as they complete development paths by awarding certificates and marketing skills both internally and externally.
    8. Track program performance. Survey participants about their satisfaction with the program. Ask whether the training made a difference in their processes and in facility operations. Provide feedback to the Sustainability Roadmap so we can work with Energy University to continuously improve the program.
    To register:

    1. Find a link to Energy University through the ASHE website under the Learn tab or go to the College of Energy Efficiency on the Energy University website.
    2. Click "Join."
    3. Create an account using the key code U621V. Once you have created your account, you will simply log in for each subsequent use.
    4. For first-time users, please take the introductory course to become familiar with navigation of the Energy University platform.
    5. If you are not tracking courses for certification, skip this step. If you are tracking courses, review the ASHE Energy University Learning Paths under the Education Resources tab in this PIM.
      • Select one of three paths created by ASHE:
        Facility Manager Comprehensive Learning Path
        Energy Manager Comprehensive Learning Path
        Technician Comprehensive Learning Path
      • Select desired course and follow online instructions.
    6. If you need a certificate of completion for any reason, print a certificate from the Web site when you have completed the course.
  • Regulations, Codes and Standards, Policies

    Some training and education programs are required by local, state of federal regulations, such as boiler operator, incinerator operator, and HazWhopper certifications and DOT (Department of Transportation) training. Check with your organization’s human resources department or education coordinator to confirm state or federal requirements. Most of the Energy University requirements are good practice and may become internal policies of your organization. If so, write a formal training policy and include these certification course requirements in your organization’s job descriptions.

  • PIM Synergies

  • Education Resources

    The Energy University courses listed below are organized first by certification track (Facility Manager, Energy Manager, Technician/Mechanic) and then by the required and elective courses for each track. Each track starts with “How to Use the Energy University Site” – a “welcome” but optional course to help you further your learning. There are courses listed here that are not currently connected to PIMs on the Sustainability Roadmap. However, energy efficiency is fundamentally a sustainability initiative, and it is likely that each course will link to a Roadmap PIM once all the PIMs we have planned are complete and have been posted. Energy Management Learning Paths

    HrFMFacility Manager Comprehensive Learning PathCourse No.
    0.00 W How to Use the Energy University Site EE0068EN
    0.50 R Building envelope EE0010EN
    0.50 R Commissioning For Energy Efficiency EE0012EN
    0.50 R Efficient motor control with power drive systems EE0016EN
    0.50 R Energy audits EE0017EN
    0.50 R Energy Efficiency Fundamentals EE0020EN
    0.25 R Energy Efficiency with Building Automation Systems Part I EE0021EN
    0.25 R Energy rate structures part 1:Concepts and unit pricing EE0026EN
    0.75 R Energy Rate Structures Part II: Understanding and Reducing your Bills EE0027EN
    0.75 R Financial Analysis of Projects I EE0070EN
    0.50 R Financing and Performance Contracting for Energy Efficient Projects EE0033EN
    0.50 R Industrial Insulation I: Materials and Systems EE0038EN
    1.00 R Lighting I: Lighting Your Way: Four Principles for Efficiency EE0065EN
    0.75 R Maintenance Best Practices for Energy Efficient Facilities EE0044EN
    0.50 R Measurement and Verification EE0045EN
    0.75 R Strategic Energy Planning EE0055EN
    0.75 R US Energy Codes and standards EE0058EN
    1.00 R Waste heat recovery EE0059EN
    0.50 E Energy audits instrumentation I EE0018EN
    0.50 E Energy audits instrumentation II EE0019EN
    0.50 E Energy Units and Concepts EE0057EN
    0.75 E HVAC Geothermal Heat Pumps EE0061EN
    0.50 E Steam systems 6: Recovering Energy from Flash Steam EE0054EN


    HrEMEnergy Manager Comprehensive Learning PathCourse No.
    0.00 W How to Use the Energy University Site EE0068EN
    0.50 R Energy procurement I EE0023EN
    0.50 R Energy procurement II EE0024EN
    0.50 R Energy procurement III EE0025EN
    0.75 R Financial Analysis of Projects I EE0070EN
    0.50 R Industrial Insulation II: Design Data Calculations EE0039EN
    1.00 R Lighting I: Lighting Your Way: Four Principles for Efficiency EE0065EN
    0.50 R Measurement and Verification EE0045EN
    0.75 R Measuring and benchmarking energy performance EE0046EN
    0.75 R Strategic Energy Planning EE0055EN
    0.50 E Demand response and the smart grid EE0014EN
    0.50 E Distributed generation EE0015EN
    0.50 E Lighting II: Defining Light EE0066EN
    0.75 E Lighting III: Lamp Families: Incandescent and Low Pressure Discharge EE0071EN
    0.75 E Lighting IV: Basic Lamp Families: High-Intensity Discharge and LED EE0072EN
    0.50 E Power factor correction and harmonics EE0047EN
    0.75 E Thermal Energy Storage EE0056EN


    HrTTechnician and Mechanic Comprehensive Learning PathCourse No.
    0.00 B How to Use the Energy University Site EE0068EN
    0.50 E Active energy efficiency with speed control EE0001EN
    0.50 E HVAC Thermodynamic States EE0073EN
    0.50 E1 Building Controls I: An Introduction to Building Controls EE0002EN
    1.00 E1 Building Controls II: Control Sensors EE0003EN
    0.50 E1 Building Controls III: Introduction to Control Loops. EE0004EN
    0.50 E1 Building Controls IV: Two Position and Floating Responses EE0005EN
    0.50 E1 Building Controls V: Proportional and PID Responses EE0006EN
    0.50 E1 Building Controls VI: When to Use Each Response EE0007EN
    0.75 E1 Building Controls VII: Interactive Illustration of PID Response EE0008EN
    0.50 E1 Building Controls VIII: Controllers and Controlled Devices EE0009EN
    0.75 E2 Boiler Types and Opportunities for Energy Efficiency EE0074EN
    0.75 E2 Combustion Processes EE0069EN
    0.50 E2 Steam systems 1: Advantages and Basics of Steam EE0049EN
    0.50 E2 Steam systems 2: Impact of Boiler Sizing EE0050EN
    0.50 E2 Steam systems 3: Condensate Removal : Distribution Control & Regulation of Steam EE0051EN
    0.75 E2 Steam systems 4: Condensate Removal -Prevent your energy from going down the drain EE0052EN
    0.75 E2 Steam systems 5: Condensate Removal - Maximizing Your Recovery EE0053EN
    0.75 E3 Compressed Air I: An Introduction EE0013EN
    0.75 E3 Compressed Air III: Controlled Methods EE0075EN
    0.50 E3 Compressed Air Systems II: Compressor Types EE0067EN
    0.75 E4 Fan Systems I: Introduction to Fan Performance EE0029EN
    0.75 E4 Fan Systems II: Fan Types EE0030EN
    0.75 E4 Fan Systems III: Improving System Efficiency EE0031EN
    0.50 E4 Fan Systems IV: Improving System Efficiency EE0032EN
    0.25 E5 HVAC and psychrometric charts (US units) EE0037EN
    0.25 E5 HVAC and the characteristics of air EE0035EN
    0.50 E6 Industrial Insulation III: Inspection, Maintenance and Repair EE0040EN
    0.75 E6 Maintenance Best Practices for Energy Efficient Facilities EE0044EN
    0.75 E7 Pumping Systems I: Pump Types and Performance EE0060EN
    0.75 E7 Pumping Systems II: Efficient Flow Control EE0062EN
    0.50 E7 Pumping Systems III: Improving System Efficiencies EE0064EN


    W = Welcome
    R = Required
    B = Basic Welcome
    E = Elective - general
    E1 = Elective - Controls
    E2 = Elective - Steam
    E3 = Elective - Compressors
    E4 = Elective - Fans
    E5 = Elective - HVAC
    E6 = Elective - Maintenance
    E7 = Elective - Pumps


  • PIM Descriptors


    Level: Beginner

    Category List:

    • Strategic Operations
    • Training and Education

    PIM Attributes:

    • Energy
    • Optimize Operations

    Improvement Type:

    • Operations and Maintenance


    • Engineering/Facilities Management
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