Training and Education

Focus on Energy offers a wide variety of courses throughout the state of Wisconsin that will help meet your energy efficiency educational needs.



Expand your energy efficiency knowledge by enrolling in a variety of courses which include: Energy Management, Strategic Energy Management and Building Operator Certification (BOC), as well as technical training which includes tours to further subject matter knowledge, when applicable.

2020 Calendar - Training at a Glance [PDF]

 
 
Air Sealing Done Right

Through classroom discussion, slide presentation, videos and hands-on demonstrations of air-sealing techniques, learn how to focus on areas of concern found during post-inspections, the garage to house connection, heat sources, recessed lights and dropped soffits. The instructor will discuss and demonstrate installation of the proper air-sealing materials for the appropriate task. 

Discuss strategies on using the blower door and smoke bottle, and using the IR camera to locate air leakage pathways. Also, discuss using the same equipment to test and verify air-sealing installations created the intended results.

CEU: 1.0

Target Audience: HVAC Contractors, HVAC Technicians, Field Staff, Residential Trade Allies, Air Sealing Installers & Technicians

Optimizing BAS Control Strategies to Maximize Commercial Building Energy Savings

Most commercial buildings utilize a Building Automation System (BAS) to control comfort, lighting and IAQ. Typically, these systems are poorly commissioned and operated, resulting in occupant discomfort and complaints, as well as high utility bills. This one-day course will cover commercial building energy use and will focus heavily on BAS control sequences/routines that, when optimized, can significantly reduce commercial building energy use.

CEU: 0.6

PDH: 6.0

Target Audience: Facility Engineers, Energy Managers & Directors, Maintenance Personnel, Building Engineers, and Facility Managers

HVAC Applications for Commercial, Small Industrial, Schools & Government Facilities

The goal of this course is to provide the student with a clear understanding of the typical HVAC systems found in commercial and small industrial settings. In particular, we will identify applications for each system, the components of the systems, how they operate, how they are controlled and how they can be optimized for energy efficiency.

This course will provide information focused on the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems typically found in commercial and small industrial applications. Specific systems will include: air-handling systems, constant volume and variable air volume systems, energy recovery units, rooftop units, heat pumps, and terminal units; VAV & FPB terminal units. This course will present an overview of the typical applications, components, operating schemes and automated controls of each system. It also provides targeted insight into operating these systems for optimum energy efficiency. Each section contains the following format:

  • System
  • Applications
  • Components
  • Controls and Sequences of Operations
  • Energy Efficiency Optimization

CEU: 0.35

Target Audience: HVAC Contractors, Mechanical System Contractors, Operations & Maintenance Personnel, and Facility Managers

Operations and Maintenance

The goal of this course is to provide the student with a clear understanding of recommended operations, and maintenance protocol and procedures to drive operational efficiency and prolong equipment life. In particular; we will identify applications for each system, the components of the systems, how they operate, how they are controlled and how they can be optimized for energy efficiency.

This course will provide information focused on the Operations and Maintenance for systems that are typically found in schools, government, commercial and small industrial applications.  Specific systems will include: lighting, boilers and steam traps, HVAC, and VFDs. This course will present an overview of the typical applications, components, operating schemes and automated controls of each system. It will also provide targeted insight into operating these systems for optimum energy efficiency. Each section contains the following format:

Basic System Process

  • Create inventory or master checklist for equipment
  • Use qualified staff, contractors
  • Follow all safety guidelines and code requirements
  • Check equipment
  • Clean, repair equipment
  • Optimize performance
  • Replace equipment

​​​​CEU: 0.35

Target Audience: Facility Engineers, Energy Managers & Directors, Maintenance Personnel, Operations & Maintenance Personnel, and Facility Managers

Compressed Air: Identifying, Analyzing, and Implementing Energy Reduction Opportunities

Do the employees on the shop floor still consider all air to be free, especially compressed air? How efficient is your compressed air system (cfm/kW)? What does it cost to run your entire compressed air system? What energy efficiency projects have you implemented over the last three years? If any of these questions peaks your curiosity, then this course is for you! 

This course will provide the students with the knowledge and tools to assess and reduce the overall cost to run their compressed air system. By understanding and utilizing basic thumb-rules, the student will be able to calculate the cost to run their compressed air system, the cost of inappropriate leaks, and the cost of compressed air leaks.  Knowing these costs is key to help implement energy efficiency projects along with helping drive “no-cost” changes to their facility's operating procedures. In addition, understanding how to utilize the Focus on Energy program to provide assistance in identifying opportunities and potentially providing financial incentives.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Estimate the associated cost of operating compressed air systems and leaks.
  • Develop Key Performance Indicators to validate system optimization projects and best practices.
  • Recognize inappropriate uses of compressed air and associated costs.
  • Identify, analyze and implement energy-reduction opportunities.
  • Describe several best practices and new technologies for current and future expansion of compressed air systems.
  • Describe resources available through incentive programs such as Focus on Energy.

The course builds on the knowledge gained during Energy Management and Technology: Beyond the Basics, refining the student's understanding of terms, definitions, formulas and thumb-rules used to determine the operating costs associated with compressed air systems. 

CEU: 0.6

PDH: 6.0

Target Audience: Energy Managers & Directors, Operation & Maintenance Personnel, Plant & Building Managers/Engineers, Consultants, and Utility Representatives

Energy Management and Technology: Fundamentals and Beyond

The goal of this course is to provide the student with a clear understanding of energy terminology, supply and trend costs, and how to effectively read and analyze utility bills. The course continues with an overview of why energy management programs are a critical element in cost-reduction and profitability initiatives within an organization. Additional topics include how to establish an energy management program, develop an energy team, the importance of having a champion, defining and implementing polices, and energy program goals.

This course addresses:

  • Why energy management programs succeed or fail.
  • How to develop and implement an energy efficiency culture within an organization.
  • How the Focus on Energy program can provide manpower and financial resources to assist the organization in optimizing and reducing its overall energy costs.

The course builds on the knowledge gained during the introductory chapters and begins the process of refining the students understanding of systems, terms, definitions, formulas and thumb rules used to determine the operating costs associated with various energy systems, including: Building Envelope, Compressed Air, Lighting, Motors and Variable Frequency Drives, Boilers and Steam, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.

The course then addresses important topics relative to how the Focus on Energy program can provide resources to assist an organization in identifying potential energy-reduction projects and determine if incentives may be available to help reduce the overall payback of the project. 

CEU: 0.6

PDH: 6.0

Target Audience: Energy Managers & Directors, Facility Managers & Engineers, Operations & Maintenance Personnel, Large Building Facility Managers, and Environmental Managers

Strategic Energy Management

Strategic Energy Management (SEM) examines the continuous improvement principles and practices of an SEM program. Hands-on exercises using SEM tools and templates give participants a real understanding of how to improve their energy management. SEM elements covered during the course include:

  • Modeling past energy performance
  • Conducting an energy review of operations and facilities
  • Assessing energy information collection and uses
  • Developing operational control strategies
  • Tracking energy performance improvement
  • Creating the administrative infrastructure for a sustainable SEM program

By undertaking and completing these six activities at their respective facilities, participants can develop an effective and rigorous SEM program for improving the energy performance of their organization. Training participants will be introduced to the ISO 50001 Standard for Energy Management Systems, and the benefits and options for certifying their SEM program to the standard. Participants will also understand the support available to them from Focus on Energy for implementing an SEM program.

CEU: 0.6

PDH: 6.0

Target Audience: Plant Managers, Operations & Maintenance Personnel, Facility Managers/Engineers, Plant Engineers, Energy Managers & Directors, Large Building Facility Managers, Utility Representatives, and anyone with interest in energy efficiency

Process Heat and Heat Recovery

Most industrial and manufacturing facilities generates “process (waste) heat”, which often ends up being exhausted into the environment. Identifying, recoving and utilizing this waste heat for other processes within the facility can help reduce overall energy cost. 

This course will provide students with a basic understanding of a typical process heat system and the cost savings opportunities associated with waste heat recovery in the following systems: process heat, compressed air and steam. Through class participation, the students will be able to describe “what’s wrong” and the cost savings opportunities associated with various case studies. They will also learn how to utilize the Focus on Energy program for assistance in identifying energy savings opportunities and applying for incentive dollars.

By understanding and utilizing basic thumb-rules, the student will be able to calculate the cost to run their compressed air system, the cost of inappropriate leaks and the cost of compressed air leaks. Knowing these costs is key to helping implement energy efficiency projects and driving “no-cost" changes to operating procedures. In addition, participants will learn how to utilize the Focus on Energy program to provide assistance in identifying opportunities and benefit from potential incentives.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the process heat system.
  • Sketch a typical process heat system block diagram.
  • Describe the cost and energy efficiency opportunities associated with waste heat.

Key takeaways include:

  • The ability to sketch a process heat block diagram.
  • Describe the cost and energy savings opportunities associated with waste heat systems.
  • Opportunities associated with the Focus on Energy program.

CEU: 0.35

PDH: 3.5

Target Audience: Energy Managers & Directors, Facility Managers & Engineers, Operations & Maintenance Personnel, Large Building Facility Managers, Plant Managers, Plant Engineers, and Utility Representatives

Industrial Ventilation – Energy Cost Reduction Opportunities

Most industrial/manufacturing facilities have a negative pressure issue associated with their overall ventilation system. This usually leads to excess energy cost, as well as environmental and employee safety issues.

  • Do you know why the facility is operating at a negative/positive pressure?  Is this desirable?
  • Do you know the cost of operating your overall ventilations system, (Make Up Air units, Rooftop Units, Exhaust Systems, Building Envelope, Dust Collectors, etc.)?
  • Do you have temperature, humidity, and/or air-quality issues?
  • Do you know what energy efficiency opportunities can be implemented to reduce energy and maintenance costs?

If not, or if you’re interested in learning more about industrial ventilation, then this course will be of value to you. It will provide an overview of a typical industrial/manufacturing ventilation system, including: ventilation terminology, system components, operating cost, energy efficiency opportunities, calculating energy cost, case studies, and Focus on Energy incentives.

CEU's: 0.4

Target Audience: Facility Engineers, Energy Managers & Directors, Maintenance Personnel, Plant Engineers, Facility Managers, Building Engineers, Environmental Managers, and Utility Managers.

Motors and Variable Frequency Drives

Electric motor systems are responsible for more than 65% of the power consumption in industrial/manufacturing facilities. Understanding and analyzing your motor systems can provide opportunities in reducing your overall energy cost. Do you know what it cost to run a fully-loaded 1 hp motor for an entire year, when to install a variable frequency drive, and/or the decision point in purchasing a new motor over rewinding a motor? 

This course will review basic motor and variable frequency drive theory, terminology, purchasing cost versus life-cycle cost and operational cost, and several case studies.

CEU's: 0.4

Target Audience: Facility Engineers, Energy Managers & Directors, Maintenance Personnel, Plant Engineers, Facility Managers, Building Engineers, Environmental Managers, Utility Managers, and Procurement, Environment, Health and Safety professionals.

Building Operator Certification (Level l and ll)

Level l: The Building Operator Certification (BOC) program trains facility personnel to understand how these systems work together and how to operate a facility with efficient energy use. Whether your facility has already taken steps to improve efficiency or you're just beginning, BOC provides the training to keep building operators up to date on the newest energy technology available and learn firsthand about best practices from experts in the field.

With its national accreditation and broad network, the BOC credential is recognized by employers across the country as a sign of the value and contributions certified facilities management personnel can bring to their organizations.

Prerequisite: Seventy-four hours of training and project work in building systems maintenance.

Level ll: Level I graduates who want to continue their training have the option of attending the Level II course series, which offers more targeted training. Building operators with extensive experience may be eligible to enroll in a Level II series without completing Level I.

To complete Level II training and earn a certificate of completion, participants must attend four core classes, two supplemental classes, pass class tests and complete facility-based projects for a total of 61 training hours.

Prerequisite: Level l

Target Audience: Building Engineers, Stationary Engineers, Maintenance Supervisors, HVAC Technicians, and other workers in the operations & maintenance field.

Coming Soon

2019 Focus on Energy Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program Overview

This webinar provides an overview of the 2019 Focus on Energy Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program including details on the May 1 program design changes to the Whole Home Path / Insulation and Air-Sealing component of the program, an overview of the HVAC equipment path and the Renewable Energy Path. In addition, the presentation also provides details on the new Ambassador Initiative designed to engage and influence the real-estate community to disseminate program information and services to their home-buying clients.

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Compressed air efficiency opportunities: identify, analyze, and implement 

Do you want to make your compressed air system work better for your organization? By enhancing compressed air system efficiency, you will see improved reliability, product quality and overall productivity. Do you know how to identify opportunities for improvements? Join us to find out how you can make changes that impact your facility. We’ll discuss the associated costs of operating a compressed air system, identify best practices and share proven energy-reduction opportunities, as well as the latest compressed air system trends and technologies.

PRESENTER
Jerry Eaton, PE, CEM CPE
Leidos Engineering

DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 6
LOCATION: The Florian Gardens Conference Center, Eau Claire, WI
TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
COST: $199

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Get inside the Building Automation System: your building's brain 
LIVE WEBINAR

The central hub of your building that tells equipment what to do, the same way your brain tells your hands what to do, is the Building Automation System (BAS). BAS can provide benefits in three key areas: environmental, comfort, and financial. Join us as we take a look at modern commercial BAS basics like architecture, networks, controllers, programming tools and user interface. You will discover how to evaluate and select a BAS that meets your needs. We will also make sure you are up to speed on the latest BAS trends, including ASHRAE guide 36, automated fault detection and diagnostics, mobile applications, and IoT-based BAS. You will leave with an understanding of how a BAS can help your building be greener, more user-friendly and cheaper to operate.

PRESENTER
Joe Zhou, Senior Researcher, Slipstream

DATE: Tuesday, Oct. 8
TIME: 1- 2 p.m. CST 
COST: Free to view; $95 for credit

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Make the case for energy efficiency: sales strategies and tactics that work 

Saving money is reason enough to invest in energy efficiencies, right? Wrong. There are too many other projects competing for an organization's management bandwidth and capital. Learn how to re-frame the benefits of enhanced energy efficiency so they can be measured in the way your organization gauges success. Create concise and persuasive messaging that spells out both the utility savings and the non-utility-cost financial benefits that will expedite the decision-making process. During this session, you’ll learn how to create elevator pitches, one-page proposals, and one-page financial analyses that speak the same language as your key decision makers. Attend this session to get the tools you need to make sure your energy efficiency proposals aren't ignored.

PRESENTER
Mark Jewell, president and co-founder, Selling Energy
DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 9
LOCATION: The Marq at French Road, De Pere, WI
TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
COST: $199

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DATE: Thursday, Oct. 10
LOCATION: Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, Brookfield, WI
TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
COST: $199

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Food Energy Forum

In Partnership with Focus on Energy and Midwest Food Products Association

Thursday, September 19, 2019

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Regeneration and LENSES - an overview 

Duration: 30 min
Price: Free
Delivery: 30 minute on-demand online presentation

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

After taking this course participants will be able to:

  • List the key concepts of regenerative design and development
  • Define the terms regenerative design and regenerative development
  • Describe the role of the LENSES Framework in regenerative development
  • State how LENSES can be applied to the design process within the context of a simple project.

Course description:

The LENSES (Living Environments in Natural, Social and Economic Systems) Framework is a regenerative development process and facilitation framework that augments existing design and sustainability practices. Built on the principles of healthy living systems, the LENSES Framework offers teams a fun and thought-provoking way to discover hidden potential, expand their definitions of success, and realize the potential of regenerative design and development.

This course introduces participants to the definition of regeneration, regenerative design, and regenerative development. It also teaches the five key concepts of regenerative practice. Participants will gain a basic understanding of each of the three lenses and how they work together as a whole. Through an exploration of the framework and a simple application activity, participants will see how LENSES can be applied to a regenerative design and development process.

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Sustainability buildings forum: transform your portfolio and your business

Tuesday, June 4 
7:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Free
Monona Terrace
Madison, WI

Many firms have at least one or two showcase projects that have reached aspirational sustainable design goals. The challenge is to maintain this level of performance across a portfolio and move your business on a path to deeper sustainability.

Join us to examine approaches that will challenge and empower your team to foster an organization-wide culture of sustainability. Expert speakers and facilitators will share success stories and highlight real-world tactics to overcome internal and external barriers. This workshop is good for everyone from project managers, to sustainability champions, to company leadership.

Forum speakers:

Molly Dunlap, Eppstein Uhen Architects

Mary Evers Statz, UW Health

Michelle Halle Stern, The Green Facilitator

Theresa Lehman, Miron Construction Co., Inc.

Manus McDevitt, HGA

Mike Stopka, MIST Environment

Early registration is encouraged. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Learn more and register today.


Electric vehicle ride and drive event - trends, planning considerations and funding resources to get on the fuel efficiency fast track!

About this Event

Date And Time
Wed, September 11, 2019
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM CDT

Location
Radisson Hotel La Crosse
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601

Is your workplace considering a charging station or electric vehicle fleet? Perhaps you are looking for some resources to help with making electric vehicle purchasing decisions. Join us at our electric vehicle ride and drive event to discover the latest trends and technologies, including battery systems and workplace charging stations. Our industry experts will discuss the tools and resources to help you with your purchasing decisions and provide an update of the infrastructure initiatives in the Midwest that support electric vehicles. After lunch, get behind the wheel and experience first-hand the advantages of electric vehicles.

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Building for the future: maximize your investment in sustainability

INCLUDES TWO BUILDING TOURS! Driftless Historium and Mt. Horeb Firehouse/Public Safety Building

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Date And Time
Thu, September 12, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM CDT

Location
Driftless Historium
100 South 2nd Street
Mount Horeb, WI 53572

A new construction project is the ideal time to design and build for energy efficiency while considering a more sustainable and resilient future for a community. Take a moment from your fast-paced daily grind, join us for lunch and learn about the New Construction Design Assistance programs offered in Mount Horeb and surrounding communities.

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HVAC technology enhancements for energy conservation

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Date And Time
Wed, September 25, 2019
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM CDT

Location
Holiday Inn Eau Claire
4751 Owen Ayres Ct.
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Do you know how to get the largest energy savings in your commercial buildings? HVAC as a single system is 45-70% of a building’s energy use —making it the biggest energy user and a major retro-fit target. For comparison, lighting is usually just 10-30%. Even though these percentages depend on climate, building type and building usage, HVAC still has one of the largest impacts on energy use. Ryan Hoger will discuss the newest energy-saving HVAC technologies, improvements and alternative solutions, so you can initiate change in commercial buildings.

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