Training Opportunities & Resources

April 2014

  • Pumping System Optimization. Key Learning Objectives: Why efficient pumping systems are important; Pumps and pump/system interaction; Screening and analyzing pumping systems; Improving the performance of pumping systems; Life-cycle cost analysis; Developing an action plan; Summary and where to go for help.
    April 16, 7:30a-4:30p
    Tacoma Public Utilities: click for details - Click for registration
  • The Bullitt Center Tour by the Electric League. This tour will demonstrate how the Bullitt Center is an agent of change and is intended to bring down barriers to building high performance buildings. Review of the Living Building Challenge and how the BC meets the rigorous performance based standard is the crux of the tour.
    April 17, 11:30a-1p; click for details
  • BOC Webinar - Are You Solar PV Ready? Solar photovoltaic is gaining momentum as a brighter investment prospect for commercial buildings.  This webinar will describe how solar applications are being integrated into commercial applications from building roofs to building structures, and discuss other factors such as economic and operational environments that will determine whether solar PV is the right choice for your building.
    April 24, 11a-12p; click for details

May 2014

  • 10th Annual Energy/Facilities Connections Conference. This two-and-one-half day event features a blend of facilities maintenance, plant operations, custodial and design/planning training with a leadership and technical focus. With a variety of learning methods, including lecture, cross-talk and hands-on.

    May 6-8; Location: Enzian Inn, Leavenworth, WA; click for details

  • 2012 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) Mechanical Provisions Trainings. The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) is pleased to announce topic-specific trainings that focus on the Commercial Provisions of the 2012 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC). Experts from the industry will discuss key provisions of this Code as they apply to building mechanical systems. These trainings are eligible for ICC continuing education units (CEU) that may be submitted for self-reporting.
    May 7, 8:15a-Noon, Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue N, Shoreline, WA 98133. Click for details
  • Lighting Design Lab: Spring Training Courses. Morning Class: The A to Zs of LED. This intermediate class will be a snapshot of state of the art technology. Showcasing all aspects of LED developments, from monolithic chips and packages, to luminaires and lensing. Afternoon Class: Understanding Lighting ControlsOther than LEDs, lighting controls represent the fastest growing segment of the lighting market. In an attempt to capture the most energy savings, lighting codes throughout the country require the use of controls in almost every application.
    May 13, 10a-3p (lunch 12-1); click for details
  • BOC Webinar: Playing for Savings: How Sports Facilities are Improving Operations. Touting stats like a 30% reduction in electricity use and savings of over $300,000 in annual utility costs, some sports venues have discovered the value of enhancing their venue operations.  The examples presented will highlight the partnerships venues are developing to reach their reduction goals, and how the industry is working together to continue advancing sustainability initiatives.
    May 15; click for details

June 2014

  • 32nd annual AEE West Coast Energy Management Congress. The complete multi-track conference covers a variety of topics, many specific to the region.  Among featured speakers for 2014 are Washington Governor Jay Inslee, speaking on Creating a Clean Energy Future; Puget Sound Energy V.P. for Corporate Affairs Andy Wappler, speaking on How Energy Efficiency Can Become Greek Yogurt; REI Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst Alex Michalko, speaking on Selling Energy Efficiency to Customers; and Seattle Mariners V.P. of Ballpark Operations Joe Myrha speaking on Safeco Field Energy Efficiency & Sustainability.

    June 25-26, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA; click for details


  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL): Commercial Building Re-tuning project for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Program is a low-cost path to energy efficiency and cost savings.
  • DOE Building Energy. The Buildings Performance Database (BPD) is the largest free, publicly available database of residential and commercial building energy performance information in the country. The BPD provides access to an anonymous dataset of over 60,000 single-family, multifamily, commercial and public buildings from across the country. The DOE is continually looking for data contributions, and new datasets are being added regularly.
    Click for details.
  • NEEA held a succesful symposium in Seattle to present the business case for the adoption of LED streetlights with controls. Click for details.
  • Building Operator Certification
    In-Person Courses
    Ongoing Sessions in Washington
    RSVP 2014 Schedule
    • Level I
      4/1 - Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle

      4/15 - Holiday Inn & Snohomish PUD, Everett (formally Tulalip)
      Fall 2014 - TBA, Longview

    • Level II

      9/11 SIERR Building at McKinstry Station, Spokane
      9/24 - Safeco Field, Seattle
      9/25 - Capitol Campus, Olympia
      10/1 - Snohomish County PUD, Everett
      Fall 2014 - TBA, Spokane