As a service for our members and the interested public, BEST Center tries to make available presentations, links, and video recordings of workshops whenever possible.
2017 Institute: Learning by Doing in Building Technician Education – New Technologies, Teaching Strategies, and Lab Applications
January 11 – 14, 2017 | Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco, CA
This year 37 faculty members from 27 community and technical colleges gathered to focus on strategies and exercises that can be brought to the classroom. Industry experts and leading scientists were on hand to tie in the latest research with real-world applications.
June 8 – 11, 2016 | Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clarkston, GA
BAS Workshop V convened 27 faculty and program administrators from 23 technical and community colleges from around the U.S. for a four-day workshop about instructional laboratory development and best practices.
2016 Annual Institute: High-Performance Building Technician Education – Technologies, Trends, and Knowledge and Skills of Technicians
BEST Center hosted community and technical college faculty from 16 states to hear about the latest research, technology, and tools from leading scientists, to tour a Zero Net Energy Community and labs, and to synthesize everything into the curriculum for tomorrow’s high-performance building technicians. (Click on the title for more information)
November 19 – 21, 2015 | Siemens Building Technology Headquarters, Buffalo Grove, IL
Attendees at Building Automation Workshop IV were hosted at the North American headquarters of Siemens’ Building Technologies Division. They heard about Siemens’ latest building automation control systems and products to better instruct students seeking a competitive edge in the field. College of DuPage also hosted faculty members on a tour of their instructional laboratories. (Click on the title for more information)
2015 Building Automation Systems Workshop III – Controls Hardware & Software Workshop
June 17-20, 2015 | Automated Logic Corporation Headquarters, Kennesaw, GA
BEST Center and Automated Logic Corporation (ALC) co-hosted an instructor workshop for 22 faculty members representing 20 different colleges. Topics included ALC System Fundamentals & Architecture, System Software, BACnet Basics, Introduction to EIKON, and classroom applications of such tools and resources to build the next generation of controls technicians.
2015 High-Performance Building Technician Education Workshop
January 7-10, 2015 | Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) and Laney College, Oakland, CA
At LBNL, attendees learned about current building science research projects led by the Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD). Sessions ranged from advanced lighting controls, energy information systems, and indoor air quality to automated demand response and tour of FLEXLAB, a new testing facility. Meanwhile, discussions explored how such material could be integrated into coursework to support knowledge, skills development, and credentials of future high-performance building technicians.
- Workshop agenda
- Living in a Carbon Constrained World – Ashok Gadgil, EETD Director, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley
- Defining the Skills of Technicians in High Performance Buildings – Chuck Frost, UC Berkeley & Laney
- Existing Building Commissioning – David Jump, QuEST
- Role of the Technician in Ensuring Persistence of Savings – Mary Ann Piette, LBNL & BEST CO-PI
- Integration of LED Lighting and Advanced Lighting Controls – Peter Schwartz, LBNL
- Benchmarking and the Building Performance Database – Andrea Mercado, LBNL
- Facility for Low-Energy Experiments in Buildings (FLEXLAB) – Cindy Regnier, LBNL
- Energy Management and Information Systems – Jessica Granderson, LBNL
- Indoor Air Quality – Iain Walker, LBNL
- Automated Demand Response – Mary Ann Piette, LBNL
- Behavior and Energy Use – Rick Diamond, LBNL
2014 Sustainable Building Operations Workshop
March 27-29, 2014 | Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), Albuquerque, NM
- Workshop agenda
- Commercial Building Energy Efficiency: Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement & the Role of Technicians – Paul Ehrlich, Building Intelligence Group
2013 Sustainable Facilities Operations Workshop
June 6-8, 2013 | Milwaukee Area Technical College, Oak Creek, WI
This event featured MATC’s Sustainable Facilities Operations program and lab at the Center for Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing (ECAM). Instructor Ted Wilinski and Dr. Joe Jacobsen, former ECAM director, led the sessions which also included presentations by industry representatives.
2013 Building Automation Systems Workshop
February 21-23, 2013 | Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clarkston, GA
The BEST Center inaugurated its Instructor Workshop Series with this national event focusing on curriculum development in Building Automation Systems (BAS). Founder of GPTC’s degree program, Brian Lovell highlighted its start-up strategy and curriculum — the first to be offered at a community college. In addition, the workshop provided insights into instructional lab design, the BAS industry, and development of industry advisory boards. Speaker presentations and materials include:
- Workshop Agenda
- Welcome & Introduction to BEST Center
- Introduction to BAS; Industry and Employment Overview
- Energy Savings Performance Contracting presentation
- GPTC Program Core Competencies
- GPTC Program Development & History
- GPTC Program Structure
- GPTC Sample Project Assignments
- Program Books List
- Program Tools List
- Effective Advisory Boards
- Problem-solving Template for Advisory Boards
- BAS Curriculum Gap Analysis
California Community Colleges Energy Efficiency & HVAC Symposium
March 20, 2009 | Laney College, Oakland, CA
On March 20, 2009, Laney hosted the first California Community Colleges Energy Efficiency and HVAC Symposium. 200 industry leaders, professionals, and educators – representing over 80 industry representatives, industry associations, community-based organizations, unions, university institutes, and high schools, 29 community colleges and 10 regional and state-wide community college centers, participated in this successful day.
The morning presentations are available below:
“California Community Colleges Energy Efficiency and HVAC Symposium (Part 1)”
“California Community Colleges Energy Efficiency and HVAC Symposium (Part 2)”
“California Community Colleges Energy Efficiency and HVAC Symposium (Part 3)”
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1204930. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.