NREL-Energy Assessment Training Course
"The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 states that energy managers shall complete a comprehensive energy and water assessment for each calendar year for approximately 25% of the [covered] facilities in a manner that ensures that an evaluation of each such facility is completed at least once every four years. As a result of this Federal legislation, NREL developed an energy assessment training course in partnership with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). The objective of the training course is to teach trainees state of the art assessment techniques using standardized analysis and assessment tools. Through completion of the course, trainees will have the knowledge and resources needed to conduct comprehensive energy assessments. Targeted trainees include energy managers, facility managers, resource efficiency managers (REMs), building engineers, HVAC technicians, electricians and programmatic energy staff. The week long training course includes interactive presentations each morning followed by handson walk through assessments each afternoon. The trainees are taught to use onsite assessment tools, fill out data collection forms, use analytical tools created by NREL, and generate a comprehensive energy assessment report. Trainees will receive a workbook that includes copies of the presentations and data collection sheets. The workbook is meant to serve as an energy auditing field book with topic specific assessment procedures, performance specifications and cost guidelines. Attendees will also receive a CD with the analytical tools, presentations, report template and key publications for each topical area. NREL is continuously working on developing new material and adding state of the art energy efficiency and renewable energy technology information to the course to ensure that each trainee will be equipped to analyze the latest, state of the art technologies. Trainees are asked to bring a laptop, a calculator and a notebook. Attendees are asked to have Microsoft Excel, Word, and eQuest, (a free energy modeling software program) loaded onto their laptop. (http://www.doe2.com/equest/)."