Let’s Go GPRO

We all know that the quest for healthy and high-performing buildings does not end at the completion of construction. In fact, that’s just the beginning! Once a building is occupied, energy models and water budgets transform into real-life building users turning on lights, faucets, and computers.

Efficient operations and smart maintenance in buildings not only reduce operating costs by 20-50%, but also increase occupancy rates and tenant satisfaction. As with the Pittsburgh 2030 District,  GBA continues to seek ways to reduce energy and water consumption during occupancy. With mandatory benchmarking on the horizon, many building owners and operators will soon begin to identify their true consumption patterns, and will likely want to know how to reduce them. That’s where GPRO comes in!

Urban Green Council, GBA’s sister USGBC chapter in New York City, developed Green Building Professional or GPRO – a comprehensive international training and certificate program that teaches the people who build, renovate and maintain buildings the principles of sustainability combined with trade-specific green knowledge. The GPRO curriculum was created by highly-experienced professionals – construction managers, building trades, building operators, architects, and engineers – with assistance from the Natural Resources Defense Council. GPRO training courses include the Fundamentals of Building Green paired with trade-specific courses for: Construction Management, Electrical Systems, Plumbing, HVACR, and Operations & Maintenance Essentials.

Based on feedback from our community of green professionals, GBA is delighted to offer the Operations & Maintenance Essentials training. Our first public course is scheduled for September, and will be taught by several of our five staff members certified through the master training course. Wondering if this class is right for you? Here are some groups who could really benefit from the training:

  • Building superintendents
  • Operators
  • Facility and property managers
  • Operating engineers
  • Stationary engineers
  • Sustainability managers

Unlike many architecture and design focused certifications, GPRO is really designed for building maintenance professionals. Participants are qualified to earn GBCI credits, AIA credits, and a LEED Pilot credit. Urban Green Council will also connect participants with completed certification with major developers. If you have large facilities staff teams, GBA is happy to provide private, in-house trainings.

For buildings old and new, LEED certified and pre-LEED existence, facility and operating personnel have an incredibly important role in building healthier communities.  To learn more about the GPRO certification, visit www.gpro.org.  Mark your calendars for September 28th and 29th and sign up for our course today.

GBA’s GPRO training efforts are in support of the City of Pittsburgh’s participation in the City Energy Project, with fundingfrom the Energy Foundation and Natural Resources Defense Council.

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