BOC 1009

Credits: .7
Lecture: 6 hrs
Group Exercises: 1 hr
Total: 7 hrs

Prerequisites: None

Class Description: Participants will learn hands-on information gathering and analysis and create a prioritized scope of work for finding opportunities for energy saving operational adjustments to plan a building tune-up project. Participants will be required to work through an e-learning module prior to attending the class.

More information on BOC 1009 E-Learning Module (PDF 990k)


Learning Objectives:
At the completion of Building Scoping for Operational Improvement a participant will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between the types of data necessary for a building scoping.
  2. Draw a building utility load shapes and identify common problems.
  3. Use an interval chart to determine the base load and to identify potential energy savings.
  4. Explain how to create a scoping plan.
  5. Cite the benefits and outline procedures for conducting a building walkthrough.
  6. Identify and diagnose causes to common envelope integrity issues found during a building walkthrough.
  7. Interpret utility data as it relates to building operation.
  8. Explain the major components of a written scoping report and how they are used to plan a building tune-up project.

BOC 1009 –Building Scoping for Operational Improvement Handbook, NEEC

Special Equipment for Instructors: Computer and Internet access are needed to complete online learning module before day of class.

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Class Outline

1. Introduction

1.1. Why is scoping needed
1.2. Overview of the process

2. Data Collection

2.1. Utility data
2.2. Benchmarking
2.3. As-built plans
2.4. Control sequences
2.5. Building operation map
2.6. Staff interviews

3. Review of the Four Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvements

3.1. Equipment scheduling
3.2. Sensor error
3.3. Simultaneous heating and cooling
3.4. Outside air usage

4. Interpreting electric meter data

4.1. Interval data and data sources
4.2. Interval data analysis
4.3. Examples of building utility load shapes and common problems

5. The building walkthrough

5.1. Scoping plan
5.2. Checklists
5.3. Tools
5.4. Methodology
5.5. Guided walkthrough of example building

6. The scoping report

6.1. Purpose of the report
6.2. Essential elements of the report
6.3. Prioritizing areas of opportunity
6.4. Defining the scope of work for a building tune-up

7. Next steps

7.1. Communication of results
7.2. Funding sources
7.3. Procurement of services