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Commercial Building Energy Auditor

Help your company save the bottom line with energy savings!

Course Overview: 

The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a Commercial Building Energy Auditor standard for practitioners working to become commercial energy managers. Subject-matter experts identified and categorized types of knowledge needed to be a proficient commercial building energy auditor. This 40-hour training course will enable individuals to master the information.

Who Should Attend: 
  • Architects, Engineers, and Construction Managers
  • Multi-building Facility Managers
  • Government Facility Managers
  • General Contractors
  • Commercial HVAC contractors
  • Insulation Contractors
  • Utility Representatives & Managers
  • Property Managers
Acquired Skills: 

This course is intended for individuals who want to become energy managers for commercial and non-residential buildings. Students will learn about HVAC systems, the building envelope, construction practices, building codes, greenhouse gas calculations, expected water use, life cycle costing, lighting systems, and more.

Course Outline: 

This intense course includes a mix of lecture, practical exercise, and hands-on training. You will be continuously engaged and challenged throughout the training. Everblue's Commercial Energy Manager training includes the following:


  • Basics of Building Energy Consumption & Major Building Systems
  • Energy Codes and Standards – learn ASHRAE
  • Energy Auditing Tools & Software
  • Conducting a Commercial/Industrial Energy Audit
  • Financial Incentives, Performance Contracting & Tax Rebates

Day 1: Basics of Building Energy Usage

Major Building Energy Systems
HVAC Systems
Boiler systems
Onsite Energy Generation, Cogeneration, Fuel Cells, and Micro-Turbines
Process Equipment (High-efficiency motors & variable speed drives)
Maintenance Practices & Procedures
Utility Rate Structures & Peak load reduction
Energy management control systems
Power quality management
Energy cost index

Day 2: Energy Codes and Standards

ASHRAE 90.1 & 189
EPA Energy Star program & building label
EPA Green Lights program
Government standards — FEMP

Day 3: Energy Auditing Tools & Software

Blower Door

Infrared Temperature Devices

Duct Flow & Leakage Testing
Light level meters
Combustion Testing
Data Capture Tools
Energy Star Portfolio Manager


Day 4: Conducting a Commercial/Industrial Energy Auditing (Half-day Onsite, if possible)

Purpose of the Energy Audit
Energy Auditor Forms & Data tools
Major Systems Cataloging and Testing
Identifying Immediate Opportunities
Analysis & Energy Management Planning


Day 5: Financing, Capital Planning, and Incentives

Life Cycle Costing
Utility Programs, Rebates, and Incentives
Tax Considerations
Performance Contracting
PEM Exam Review and Questions

All offerings of this course: