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From a recent message from the US Dept of Energy:

“In March of 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy released the agency’s first annual analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in multiple energy sectors. The report provides a broad view of the national current energy employment landscape and can provide community college faculty, administration and staff, with a clearer picture of how changes in energy technology, systems, and usage are affecting the economy and creating or displacing jobs in the nation and in their region. This includes trends in projected job growth and industry hiring difficulty that can potentially translate into job and career opportunities for students as well as provide useful data for workforce development, and course creation.”

U.S. Energy and Employment Report 2016

We will post the 2017 report when it is made available in early 2017.

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BEST Center members developing their own instructional labs will enjoy a virtual tour of the labs at College of DuPage and Lane Community College. Joining the Georgia Piedmont Technical College lab video, these new videos will give you a sense of COD’s micro-sized commercial “building” lab concept and LCC’s “A Building the Teaches” living lab concept. Check out our Instructional Labs for the videos and more information.

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BEST Center Building at Laney College

There’s a new building currently under construction at Laney College that will bear the BEST Center name. Lots of progress has been made since the groundbreaking in February 2016.  View the progress first hand when you join us for the 2017 Annual Institute or check out the live cam here.

From the February announcement:

Both Test Houses are designed to reflect typical conditions encountered in market-rate housing and the Classroom will meet rigorous “Passivhaus” standards; aiming to achieve Net Zero Energy, meaning that it must produce as much energy as its systems consume. Environmentally beneficial features include harvesting of rainwater for gardens; windows and roof vents that provide natural ventilation; windows located to maximize daylight & views; solar technologies; efficiencies in mechanical and HVAC systems; and many others.

Notably, this building, is designed to achieve a LEED Platinum certification , and perhaps will be the first classroom in California to meet Passive House standards. It is also designed to meet and exceed standards for zero-net energy design, using building-integrated photovoltaic panels.

 

 

 

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Fall Greetings!

 
As fall arrives, we hope you enjoyed your summer and are diving into the new school year with gusto! The team at BEST Center is busy with a number of projects and initiatives to support your programs. Here’s an update:
 
Jon Zeh of Sacramento City College at BAS V

Colleges Receiving Grant Awards!

Let’s congratulate the colleges that were recently awarded grants to support and expand their programs. The National Science Foundation has awarded Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, Valencia College in Florida, and Lane Community College in Oregon. Perkins Funds were granted to Laramie County Community College in Wyoming to construct BAS trainers similar to the trainer featured at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. We look forward to the great things to come from these programs.
 

5th Building Automation Systems Workshop

BEST Center held the latest BAS workshop this past June at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston, GA. Thanks to the GPTC team and Co-PI Brian Lovell for curating an inspiring and educational event. Workshop catch phrase: “repeatable, reliable terminations”. Read more.
 

New BAS Lab at Georgia Piedmont Technical College

GPTC’s new lab, finished in time for the BAS V workshop, was a BEST Center priority. It showcased a well-planned and fully integrated commercial HVAC and controls lab in a compact space of 1600 sf.
 

Virtual Lab Videos to Aid Program Development

Developing an instructional lab can easily inundate lone faculty. BEST Center created lab tours to offer glimpses into different kinds of labs from all corners of the country. Check out the GPTC virtual lab tour. College of DuPage and Lane Community College lab tours will be coming soon. Hopefully these videos will help keep you motivated, connected, and efficient.
 

Siemens Commitment

BAS V attendees heard first hand from Siemens representatives who announced an educational discount on equipment purchases nationwide. Additionally, Siemens is eager to develop student internships with their regional offices. Reach out to Pamela Wallace for more info at pwallace@peralta.edu.
 

HPBOP/DACUM

BEST partnered with Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, and San Diego Gas & Electric to design and deliver a California High Performance Building Operations Professional (HPBOP) Training program to enhance the skills of incumbent building technicians.
 
Before designing the HPBOP training, BEST conducted a DACUM (Developing A Curriculum) with subject matter experts from public and private sectors who identified the duties and skills required by technician-level jobs.
 
The DACUM results are being validated nationally by the industry organizations with the assistance of BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association). Read more.
 

Sporlan Training

Thanks to Bob Clark of College of DuPage for coordinating the involvement of BEST Center members at the Sporlan training event at their Washington, MO headquarters in early August.  Six colleges (three BEST members) attended the in-depth technical instruction designed to help educators understand the complexities of their products. Attendees also toured Sporlan’s manufacturing and research facilities and were given copies of the educational materials used during the training.  The training was an educator pilot program that is expected to be offered again.
 

News to share?

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Contact Us

As always, please contact us if you are in need of support and/or resources to advance your HVAC and building automation programs.
 
 

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
– Chief Seattle

 

BEST Center is funded by
a National Science Foundation
Advanced Technological
Education Grant.

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27 College Faculty from Around the Nation Learn about Advancements in Lab Design and Exercises

BAS V press release (55 downloads)

 

June 11, 2016 – ATLANTA – BEST Center, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center, and Georgia Piedmont Technical College, both leaders in building automation systems (BAS) education, convened faculty from around the country for the semi-annual Building Automation Systems Workshop.

Now in its fifth installment, the BAS Workshop convened 27 faculty and program administrators from 23 technical and community colleges from around the U.S. for a four-day workshop about laboratory development best practices. The workshop featured speakers from GPTC staff and student graduates, Siemens national and regional executives, Laney College and BEST Center. It covered topics such as the connection between labs and curriculum, subnetwork wiring, BACnet MS/TP installation, lab building experiences, and development of train-the-trainer sites. Participants came from Oregon, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Florida, among many others and convened at the beautiful Georgia Piedmont Conference Center and BAS laboratory in Clarkston, GA.

“By demand, this year’s workshop was designed to assist colleges that are planning to build or enhance BAS instructional laboratories by providing recommendations on everything from garnering administration support to partnering with industry to lab design concepts for optimal student learning”, said Brian Lovell, Co-Principal Investigator, BEST Center and event organizer. “Each presentation delved into different aspects of setting up a lab and was paired with hands on exercises to demonstrate best practices and industry expectations.”

“Our workshop enables colleges to plan and build laboratory environments that mimic likely real-world scenarios so college graduates are career ready”, said Peter Crabtree, Principal Investigator for BEST Center and Career and Technical Education Dean, Laney College. “High functioning labs are the key ingredient to successful deployments of a well-trained workforce prepared to monitor, maintain and improve buildings for energy efficiency.”

“Georgia Piedmont is a leader in providing affordable pathways to high demand, high paying careers. This BAS workshop with the BEST Center is the latest example in our continued commitment to our students to be a model in the industry and for colleges around the country, not to mention a necessary resource for the Greater Atlanta community”, said Dr. Jabari Simama, Georgia Piedmont’s President.

“This workshop was the result of significant work and time by Georgia Piedmont’s building automation faculty and the BEST Center team.  It is one of the major examples of how successful partnerships between community/technical colleges and industry partners can result in providing relevant and vibrant learning experiences for current and future students. Georgia Piedmont is proud to be on the cutting edge of instruction in the building automation area,” stated Dr. Ivan Harrell, Executive Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Georgia Piedmont.

About BEST Center

The 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), building automation controls, and energy/facilities management. Sponsored by ATE 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. Technical and community college faculty in HVAC and building automation programs are encouraged to join the BEST Center’s Network of Colleges.

About Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia.  As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy.  GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 63 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 97.3 percent placement rate. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. Georgia Piedmont Technical College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin, ethnicity, pregnancy, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or genetic information. Contact the ADA Coordinator at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, petersl@gptc.edu or the Title IX Coordinator at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, gordond@gptc.edu for assistance.

For more information:

Pamela Wallace, Director, BEST Center, pwallace@peralta.edu

www.bestctr.org

www.gptc.edu

www.nsf.gov/ate

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On April, 27 2016, BEST Center and HVAC Excellence hosted a webinar for community and technical college faculty interested in marketing strategies and ideas for their building technology program. Featured in the webinar are Chris Miller of Heartland Community College, Renee Tomlinson of ESCO Group/HVAC Excellence, and Robert McNabb of Laramie County Community College. Pamela Wallace of BEST Center hosted the webinar. Run time – 60 mins.

 

 

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BEST Center produced a short 2-minute video to help our member colleges market to younger audiences. The video covers the environmental and economic importance of building technicians as well as the variety of related careers a student can pursue through technical and community colleges. Faculty interested in a customized version with their school logo can simply download and edit powerpoint slides and email them to jespinas@bestctr.org. A custom video will then be uploaded to the BEST Center Youtube channel and to Dropbox for easy downloading.

Download PPT slides here.

Building a Better Tomorrow Now (Time 2:43)

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Spring is Renewal!

Greetings! We know you are knee deep in the Spring Semester but remember: You are not alone!

There is a lot of activity brewing with the BEST Center as we head toward the end of our fourth grant-funded year. Here are some highlights:

 

Mark D'Allesandro and Robert McNabb

HVACR Educators Conference

Larry Chang, BEST Center, and Jeryll McWhorter, GPTC, present Campus as a Living Lab: New Opportunities for HVACR Education at the National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference from March 21-23, 2016 in Las Vegas. The living lab provides opportunities for students to gain real-world experiences on equipment often not available in the classroom.

Career Video Distribution

A career video will be made available soon in long and short versions to promote your programs. Already some colleges are streaming an early version for new audiences. On a recent Collaboration call, we brainstormed ideas on how to distribute the videos and how to receive a customized version. Read more.

Marketing Webinar

For more marketing ideas, Chris Miller of Heartland Community College, Robert McNabb of Laramie County CC, and Renee Tomlinson of ESCO Group will present on Marketing Your Building Science Program. The webinar will be on Wednesday, April 27. More info to follow.

BAS V

Save the date! Our next workshop in Building Automation Systems (BAS) will be at Georgia Piedmont Technical College from June 8-11. Mark your calendars! More information to follow.

Annual Institute

The Annual Institute in January hosted 31 colleges from around the country and featured insightful presentations about the future of building energy efficiency, past and future BAS technologies, advanced lighting strategies, and the potential of fault detection and diagnostics, to name a few. Check out videos and presentations from the 2016 Annual Institute.

Annual Survey

Active members have been invited to respond to our annual survey so we can receive feedback on our work and better understand individual program progress. Member involvement and feedback is critical as we prepare for year-end reports. We are grateful for the responses received and encourage all submissions to be completed no later than March 14.

Ground Breaking

BEST Center joined Peralta Community College District and Laney College in a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on a new set of buildings to be known as the BEST Center, an Ultra-Low Energy Building that will also house the BEST Center offices. Read more.

CABA

As part of our renewed membership with CABA (Continental Automated Building Association) we are pleased to offer our faculty network a special code to access timely research reports. Please email Larry Chang at laneyect@gmail.com.

Available Reports

Bestctr.org is populated with tons of information and reports to help with your programs like our Case Studies of Facilities Management and Operations Best Practices and Current Situation and Trends in Building and Facility Operations. We also added HVAC Workforce Development Foundation’s recent Labor Analysis Report. Check them out.

As always, please contact us if you are in need of support and resources to advance your HVAC and building automation programs.

BEST Center is funded by a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Grant.

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Groundbreaking for the BEST Center at Laney College, Oakland, CA.

 

BESTBuildingOn February 25, BEST Center joined Peralta Community College District and Laney College in a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on a new set of buildings to be known as the BEST Center, an Ultra-Low Energy Building for Community Education, Local Economy, and the Environment.

Laney students and the East Bay community will soon benefit from a unique, state-of-the-art, active learning laboratory in sustainable building design, construction and operations. Students will learn how to apply conceptual theory in environmental control technology in a hands-on learning environment; and gain advanced skills for emerging careers in high performance buildings and building automation systems that will have a direct impact on occupant health, security, carbon emissions and energy use of our built environment.

The BEST Center will feature three distinct structures: two “Test Houses” of approximately 1250 gross square feet each ( the Electrical Lab House” and alternate mechanical systems “Lab House”); and the “Passive Classroom”, approximately 2500 gross square feet, designed to meet or exceed zero net energy use using building integrated photovoltaic panels.

Both Test Houses are designed to reflect typical conditions encountered in market-rate housing and the Classroom will meet rigorous “Passivhaus” standards; aiming to achieve Net Zero Energy, meaning that it must produce as much energy as its systems consume. Environmentally beneficial features include harvesting of rainwater for gardens; windows and roof vents that provide natural ventilation; windows located to maximize daylight & views; solar technologies; efficiencies in mechanical and HVAC systems; and many others.

Notably, this building, is designed to achieve a LEED Platinum certification , and perhaps will be the first classroom in California to meet Passive House standards. It is also designed to meet and exceed standards for zero-net energy design, using building-integrated photovoltaic panels.

The program included remarks from Laney College President, Dr. Elnora Webb; Peralta Community College District Chancellor, Dr. Jowell C. Laguerre; Peralta Board President, Dr. William “Bill” Riley; VP, Peralta Community College District Vice Chancellor, Dr. Sadiq B. Ikharo; and BEST Center Principal Investigator and CTE Dean, Laney College, Peter Crabtree.

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Thank you to those who participated in the Collaborative call: Career Video Distribution. A special thanks to Paul Flor and Ted Wilinski for being early adopters of the video and for sharing distribution experiences so far. The call was not recorded so here are quick notes on the ideas shared.

The Videos:

BEST Center produced a career video called “Building a Better Tomorrow”. The original version is available now to anyone in our network of colleges. This video runs about 6:38 and is meant for a more captive audience. Here it is: https://youtu.be/Ohti1aHHK7g

The videos can be customized with contact information and logos specific to your schools. Once created, the customized version can be downloaded as a MP4 file and/or hosted on the BEST Center Youtube channel as an unlisted link. The link can then be shared publicly.

If you would like a customized video, download and edit these PPT slides here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d82j6cfbvf2w962/CareerVideo%20titlecards.pptx?dl=0

Send edited slides to jespinas@bestctr.org.

The Distribution:

This video is an opportunity to educate and inspire not only prospective students and their families but internal administration, counselors and program faculty and staff. It is a starting point and frames a broader perspective on the impact of your work in the classroom.

While the videos themselves are important, having a description and a call to action are also important. They help viewers understand what you want them to do after watching the video.

Here are some ideas when it comes to distributing your video to promote your school and program.

Paul Flor, Raritan Valley: Paul attaches the video link in email responses to prospective students and sends the video link to high school guidance counselors then offers to visit the high school to personally introduce his program to students.

Ted Wilinski, MATC: Ted added the video link to the bottom of his signature line and intends to leave it there to align with timing of a rollout of a new program. He also screened the video at a Career Day where high school students visited the MATC lab. He asked the students to complete a 3 question survey to what messages of the video piqued their interest.  He also sent the video to MATC’s recruiting department to help them learn about it as well as throughout his department.

Pamela Wallace, BEST Center: BEST Center partnered with Laney’s Associated Student government for a screening of “This Changes Everything”. The career video was shown as a trailer beforehand. Associated Student President, Laney College President, BEST Center PI, and ECT Department head all addressed the audience and stayed for the screening. ECT and other faculty brought their students in for class credit. Also, we showed the video at the groundbreaking ceremony for the BEST Center building. We plan to hold another film night for local high school students and families and to show it at an upcoming open house.

Jeryll McWhorter, GPTC: Jeryll had a chance to show the video at a resource fair with a veteran focus sponsored by a local congressman.

Here is one resource to review as you rollout your video: http://www.thenonprofitpartnership.org/files/video-campaign-ebook.pdf

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