U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Background

Improving the operational performance of the nation’s offices, schools, hospitals, and other commercial buildings offers significant energy savings. It also requires highly skilled and qualified workers, particularly as building technologies become more advanced. Through the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines, industry now has national guidelines from which to develop high quality and nationally recognized training and certification programs, helping to address challenges found in the energy efficiency workforce with quality, consistency, and scalability across certification and certificate programs.

 

The residential building integration program at DOE initiated the efforts described in this website and the Guidelines for Building Science Education (GBSE). This effort has focused on the fundamental building science knowledge-base for a wide range of building industry jobs. Additionally DOE’s commercial building integration program hosts a full suite of impactful initiatives including the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG), which provide voluntary national guidelines from which stakeholders can develop high-quality and nationally recognized training and certification programs.

Together, these initiatives have established this website for professors and trainers, to provide easy access to peer reviewed classroom content related to building science.