BESTmap_2013The Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center supports publicly-funded 2- and 4-year colleges with programs in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R), controls, building automation, and energy/facilities management. Sponsored by Advanced Technological Education grants from the National Science Foundation, this national collaborative promotes state-of-the-art building technician education and dissemination of the latest research, technology, and industry collaborations in energy efficient buildings.


Laney College   Oakland, CALaney-logo
Peter Crabtree, Principal Investigator (PI) & Dean of Career and Technical Education
Charles Frost, Co-PI & Faculty Member, Environmental Control Technology Department

•    Community college leader in building technician education, responsible for BEST Center administration and management
•    Nationally-recognized Environmental Control Technology (ECT) department offers programs in Commercial HVAC, Building Automation Systems, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency, and Commercial Energy Management (in development)
•    Multi-vendor Direct Digital Controls & Commercial HVAC/R labs
•    Past NSF projects include 1) Educating Technicians for Building Automation and Sustainability 2) Environmental Control Technology Education for Adv. Building Operation and Management


Georgia Piedmont Technical College   Clarkston, GAGPTC_logo_color_centered_stacked
Brian Lovell, Co-PI & Founder, Building Automation program

•    Among the first community colleges to establish an A.S. degree in Building Automation Systems in addition to existing Commercial Refrigeration & Sustainable Technologies programs
•    New courses developed in Building Information Management, Energy Auditing, Energy Modeling, Lighting Systems & Controls, Geothermal Systems, Solar PV, and Solar Thermal
•    Living Lab with classroom/lab building & state-of-the-art conference center using energy dashboard and advanced controls
•    Industry support from major companies such as Kele, Johnson Controls, Siemens, Trane, Honeywell, Schneider Electric, and Delta


Milwaukee Area Technical College   Milwaukee, WIMATC-ECAM LOGO
Ted Wilinski, Co-PI, Center for Energy Conservation & Advanced Manufacturing (ECAM)

•    MATC’s ECAM is a showcase for the latest in HVAC, controls, renewable energies, micro-grid, and manufacturing technologies
•    Recipient of Dept. of Energy grant to expand training programs for commercial commissioning agents and energy auditors
•    Innovative curricula in Energy Engineering Technology, Sustainable Facilities Operations, Energy Modeling, Energy Auditing, Measurement & Verification, Commissioning, LEED, and renewables
•    Annual Sustainability Summit – a regional, national and international collaboration of business, education and government


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab   Berkeley, CALBNL_Full_Logo_Final
Mary Ann Piette, Co-PI & Head of the Building Technologies Department & Director of the Demand Response Research Center (DRRC)

•    LBNL will provide cutting-edge building technology & energy management tools for instructional use
•    Success stories include: windows and daylighting, lighting sources & controls, commissioning & diagnostics, energy-efficient data centers, DOE-2 & EnergyPlus, cool roofs, aerosol duct sealing, Home Energy Saver, and energy information systems
•    DRRC recently developed the Open Automated Demand Response Communications Specification, a key element of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Smart Grid standards helping to deliver over 150 MW of demand response in the U.S.