Advancing Education for Tomorrow’s Building Technicians

The concept of building efficiency is easy enough to grasp: ensure comfort and functionality while using less energy. Making that happen in a given building, however, isn't always straightforward. Achieving low-energy retrofits and good operations require well-trained technicians who know how to interpret building characteristics and energy data, which is why educators are interested in learning about hands-on exercises and tools they can use with students. 

Nearly 40 faculty members from 27 community and technical colleges across the United States were introduced to new tools in January, 2017, at a workshop at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) in the Energy Technologies Area (ETA). This included using FLEXLAB®, the world's most advanced building efficiency test bed.

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