Focus on Energy offers a wide variety of courses throughout the state of Wisconsin that will help meet your energy efficiency educational needs.
With the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns, Focus on Energy is offering webinars in place of in-person training sessions. When it is safe to do so, we will return to in-person classroom training sessions. Please check back here for updates as they become available.
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.
|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.
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.
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:
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
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.
As a result of this course, participants will be able to:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
As a result of this course, participants will be able to:
Key takeaways include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Energy represents our third largest expense, thus (it) impacts directly our operational costs and environmental goals. Having these energy professional training opportunities available allows us to provide our employees base knowledge to effectively monitor and manage our energy consumption, as well as to identify opportunities for continuous energy improvement in our daily operations. Training enhances our energy skills and raises awareness, promoting engagement and a new energy efficiency culture across the company."
Marco Gonzalez CEM/Energy Manager, Waupaca Foundry
2019 Focus on Energy Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Overview
This webinar provides an overview of the 2019 Focus on Energy Home Performance with ENERGY STAR solution, including details of the May 1 design changes, an overview regarding HVAC equipment and more on Renewable Energy solutions. In addition, the presentation also provides details on the new Ambassador Initiative designed to engage and influence the real-estate community to disseminate information about Focus on Energy to their home-buying clients.
The next frontier is energy submetering: benefits and lessons learned
Submetering allows you to monitor energy use from different electrical loads in your facility. This gives you the data to implement efficiency strategies and control costs. Join us for a full-day course on the benefits of submetering. Find out what to consider before purchasing a system, the benefits of different system types, and the levels of data they provide.
We’ll review common electrical loads where submetering is useful and discuss how to identify facility inefficiencies by analyzing submetering data. Hear from customers who have installed submeters and learn how they’ve used the data to manage their energy use. Finally, we’ll review industry best practices for plant shut down and start up procedures that minimize financial losses due to down time.
Ronald Newton, Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
DATE: Tuesday, April 7
LOCATION: The Embassy Suites, Brookfield, WI
TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
DATE: Wednesday, April 8
LOCATION: The Marq, De Pere, WI
TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY FORUM
Dialing it in -- building tuning strategies
Join us for an informative half-day event dedicated to helping you “dial it in” by improving the energy efficiency and productivity of your facility. The featured topic includes a two-part workshop on building tuning processes and strategies that will highlight existing building commissioning, ventilation, heat recovery, and control strategies. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with colleagues, earn continuing education credits, and learn immediate tactics to reduce energy costs in your building. There is no cost to attend this course and early registration is encouraged.
DATE: Wednesday, April 22
LOCATION: Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College New Richmond Conference Center, New Richmond, WI
TIME: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
DATE: Thursday, April 23
LOCATION: The Tee-Away Golf & Grill, Ladysmith, WI
TIME: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
2020 B4 CONFERENCE
Do you like to keep up with current trends, technologies, and products in the residential building and remodeling industry? Ready to show customers you’re prepared to make their dream home a reality? Then you have come to the right place. Join us to enhance your skills and boost your business savvy at the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference, March 9 – 11, 2020. Continuing education credits (DSPS and more) are available!
Industrial refrigeration systems: strategies to improve energy efficiency
There are many no cost strategies to improve the energy efficiency of industrial refrigeration systems. Join us to learn how to run your industrial refrigerated systems better with simple changes to reduce energy consumption while meeting refrigeration load. This half-day workshop is geared for customers with custom refrigerated systems including cold storage and refrigerated warehouses.
Attendees will get an in-depth look at refrigeration system settings and new technologies. We will explore condensing pressure reduction, suction pressure increase, compressor sequencing, and evaporator defrost. We will also discuss variable frequency drive advantages and disadvantages, appropriate applications, and control recommendations. You will leave with an understanding of the key elements to develop a successful implementation strategy that will improve your system and save on your operating expenses.
INDUSTRIES THAT WILL BENEFIT:
Cold storage and refrigerated warehouses
Industrial and large buildings with custom refrigeration systems
Industrial food/production manufacturing
Dairy/ice cream industry
Meat, poultry and fish production facilities
Breweries and wineries with custom refrigeration
Pharmaceutical/chemical industries with custom refrigeration systems
Todd Jekel, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Director, Industrial Refrigeration Consortium, University of Wisconsin-Madison
DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 18
LOCATION: WPPI Energy, Sun Prairie, WI
TIME: 8 a.m. - noon