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The Building Operators Certification (BOC) program is a professional development course for operations and maintenance staff working in public, institutional and commercial buildings. The program consists of a series of courses on the energy and resource efficient operation of buildings. Columbia Water and Light offers a training program for Columbia facility managers that are interested in energy efficiency applications for their operations. BOC provides low to no-cost methods that improve energy savings.
The Building Operator Certification (BOC) training includes nearly 80 hours of classroom and project work (5.6 CEUs) in building systems operation and maintenance. To become certified, participants must pass an exam at the end of each day of training and complete assigned projects.
We don't have a series of Building Operator Certification program classes scheduled at this time, if you are interested in these classes, please contact us at WLMAIL@GoColumbiaMo.com
Energy Management Class for Managers: Learn what energy efficiency improvements have the best cost/benefit ratio for your business so you can control costs and protect profits.
The Energy Center of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, is providing the BOC training with the support of Columbia Water and Light.
Individuals working at organizations in the Columbia Water and Light service area are eligible to enroll in the BOC program at a discounted price. The normal cost for this program is $2,300 per individual, however, Columbia Water and Light is providing its customers an enrollment discount of $1150, reducing your enrollment by 50%. We are also offering a bonus discount of $575 to Water and Light customers for each employee that successfully completes the program and earns their Building Operator Certification. Thus you could enhance you and your staff’s energy management skills, gain a Building Operator Certification, and pay only 25% of the normal cost. Space is limited so please register early!
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance: online registration
Tim May, Missouri Energy Center: 573-526-4623, firstname.lastname@example.org
BOC 101 BUILDING SYSTEMS OVERVIEW (Friday, November 6, 2009)
Provides an overview of preventive maintenance, energy efficiency principles, fundamentals of building systems, equipment, and operations. Reviews heating, cooling, ventilation and control systems, water, lighting, and indoor air quality. Covers system interaction and relationship to overall building performance. Provides a foundation for later courses.
PROJECT: Facility and Equipment Floor Plan
BOC 102 ENERGY CONSERVATION TECHNIQUES (December 4, 2009)
Helps operators gain a better understanding of how energy is used in commercial buildings and how to identify and prioritize conservation opportunities. Includes basic principles of energy accounting, evaluation of fuel options, operation and maintenance strategies to improve efficiency, and energy management planning techniques.
PROJECT: Energy Use Profile for Facility
BOC 107 FACILITY ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS (Friday, January 8, 2010)
Develops an understanding of how electricity is distributed in a facility and common electrical distribution problems. This course will emphasize the fundamentals of electricity and its application to the workplace.
PROJECT: Electrical Distribution Sketch for Facility
BOC 104 EFFICIENT LIGHTING FUNDAMENTALS (February 5, 2010)
Covers lighting fundamentals and types of lighting for economical and energy- efficient lighting systems. Participants learn the principles of efficient lighting including evaluation of lighting levels, quality and maintenance. Other topics include lighting fixture and control technologies, common upgrades, retrofit and re-design options, and lighting management strategies as they apply to space use and function.
PROJECT: Lighting Survey for Facility
BOC 103 HVAC SYSTEMS AND CONTROLS (Thursday & Friday, March 4-5, 2010)
Focuses on operation and maintenance of equipment and components typically found in commercial buildings, including central heating, cooling, air and ventilating systems in buildings. Provides an introduction to automatic control systems and equipment, particularly for central air systems. Emphasis is placed on group problem solving and exercises with respect to preventive maintenance.
PROJECT: Heating System Operational Review
BOC 106 INDOOR AIR QUALITY (Friday, April 2, 2010)
Introduces the basic causes of indoor air quality problems and begins to develop a method of diagnosis and solution. Students will gain an understanding of the dynamic components of indoor air quality in relation to source control, occupant sensitivity and ventilation. Emphasis will be placed on communications with building occupants for reliable investigations without aggravating existing issues.
BOC 105 O&M PRACTICES FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS (Friday, May 7, 2010)
Focuses on a set of best practices for operations and maintenance that create and sustain green or high performance buildings. National green building rating systems such as LEED and tools through ENERGY STAR for evaluating the sustainability of the existing buildings are discussed. Students will learn to identify and apply O&M practices for improving the performance of existing buildings and newly designed green buildings.