What type of lighting is best for your building? How do you detect and fix hidden leaks in mechanical systems? How can you reduce building costs while maintaining a high quality experience for tenants? Answer these questions with GPRO!
The path towards healthy and high performing buildings doesn’t end at the completion of design and construction… In fact, that’s just beginning! Facility and operating personnel have an incredibly important role in ensuring our buildings (both new and old) are run efficiently and maintained properly. Consider this: efficient operations and smart maintenance in buildings not only reduce operating costs by 20-50%, but also increase occupancy rates and tenant satisfaction. That’s one reason green operations and maintenance (O&M) practices are in high demand across the country.
GPRO is 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 construction knowledge. Green Building Alliance is excited to offer one of those trade-specific courses for the first time: GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials. This is a great opportunity for building operations professionals to maximize their ability to identify efficiencies in their buildings and save energy, water, and money while also improving occupant satisfaction and reducing environmental footprint.
GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials provides building professionals with the critical tools to transition from conventional to sustainable operations. GPRO O&M is ideal for property managers and building staff in multi-family residential & high-rise commercial buildings including:
· Building superintendents
· Facility and property managers
· Operating engineers
· Stationary engineers
· Sustainability managers
Upon completion of this course, students will become GPRO Certificate Holders in Fundamentals of Building Green and Operations & Maintenance Essentials (O&M) and join over 10,000 building professionals who are part of the GPRO community. GPRO-trained operations & maintenance staff can also qualify for a LEED point for Existing Building projects under LEED Pilot Credit 81.
What Students Learn
Part 1: Fundamentals of Building Green
· Economic and health benefits from green buildings
· Causes and impacts of a changing climate
· Transitioning to sustainable operations
· Complying with green codes and standards
· Understanding LEED
· Overview of green building strategies
· The importance of commissioning
Part 2: Operations & Maintenance Essentials
· Using building metrics to improve performance
· Improving the building envelope for a healthier building
· Reducing water use
· Employing strategies for more efficient and cost-effective heating and cooling systems
· Managing lighting to minimize energy use while maintaining lighting quality
· Maintaining indoor air quality for tenant comfort
· Reducing waste
8:30 – 12:30 – Fundamentals of Building Green
12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch Break
1:30 – 4:30 – Operations & Maintenance Essentials
8:30 – 1:30 – Operations & Maintenance Essentials
1:30 – 2:30 – Lunch & Study Break
2:30 – 4:30 – Exam
The exam is 50 multiple-choice questions testing knowledge from both Fundamentals of Building Green and Operations & Maintenance Essentials. To prepare, students should read both manuals, which will be distributed prior to the training. Students must attend all course hours to take the exam.