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The following learning resources are available to help you complete the assessment, fill in knowledge gaps, and better prepare you for running a highly efficient facility.

Facilities Operations and Maintenance

Demonstrate familiarity with building systems and knowledge of how they affect energy use.
Building Energy Use Breakdown

SFTool HVAC System Overview Page


Building and Energy Atmosphere Topics

SFTool building energy use topics


Planning an Energy Assessment for Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate ability to monitor and evaluate how well building systems perform.
Small Building Retuning Resources

PNNL Retuning commercial Buildings Site


Commissioning for Existing Federal Buildings

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas


SFTool HVAC System Adjustments

Frequently cited adjustment opportunities


Re-tuning Training Guide

Trending Requirement for re-tuning from PNNL



Demonstrate ability to manage corrective, preventive and predictive maintenance.
DoE Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Guide

Chapter 5 - Types of Maintenance Programs


Common Definitions for Maintenance and Construction Terms

Glossary of construction terminology



Demonstrate familiarity with and ability to manage, grounds and exteriors, parking structures, site utilities, landscaping and grounds, exterior envelope (roof, brick, masonry, etc.) and custodial operations.
EPA Stormwater Management

Requirements, Guidance, and Strategies



Demonstrate knowledge of the effect that climate and variable environmental conditions can have on the building envelope and systems.
Optimizing Site Potential with Site Selection

WBDG Site Selection Guide and Resources



Demonstrate ability to collect building systems' operating and performance data.
Federal Energy Management Reporting and Data

Facility and Fleet reporting requirements under various regulations


Commissioning for Existing Federal Buildings

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas


Energy Star Benchmarking Tools

Portfolio Manager and Energy Tracking Tool links



Demonstrate ability to adjust System Parameters as required.
SFTool HVAC System Adjustments

Frequently cited adjustment opportunities



Demonstrate understanding of indoor air quality, and how to test and adjust it.
Indoor Environmental Quality Overview

SFTool interactive IEQ component resource page



Demonstrate ability to analyze HVAC system performance.
System Adjustment Opportunities

SFTool list of frequently cited system adjustments



Demonstrate knowledge and ability to optimize HVAC controls.
SFTool HVAC System Adjustments

Frequently cited adjustment opportunities



Demonstrate knowledge and ability with Lighting Systems.
System Impacts - Lighting

SFTool information on O&M impact of lighting


Advanced Lighting Systems: An Overview

FEMP seminar supporting timely FBPTA competency area topics


Advanced Interior Lighting Systems

FEMP seminar supporting timely FBPTA competency area topics



Demonstrate knowledge and ability to identify water distribution and irrigation leaks.
Water Conservation for Building Managers

WBDG guide to strategies and building water processes


Best Practices for Comprehensive Water Management for Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge of FEMP's O&M Best Practices.
DoE Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Guide

Chapter 11 - Ten Steps to Operational Efficiency



Demonstrate knowledge of the building retuning process to ensure maximum energy efficiency and comfort for building occupants including, data collection requirements, and continuous retuning practices.
DoE Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Guide

Chapter 7 - Commissioning Existing Buildings



Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to perform testing and obtain measurements required for predictive maintenance.
DoE Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Guide

Chapter 6 - Predictive Maintenance Technologies



Demonstrate knowledge of metering and sub-metering for energy and water and how they contribute to systems optimization.
Type of Commissioning

DoE info on 5 main types of commissioning


Recommissioning and Retrocommissioning

Federal Laws and Requirements


Commissioning for Existing Federal Buildings

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas


DoE Metering Guidance

Meter systems, approaches, process, best practices, and more


Building Metered Data Analysis

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas


Using Metered Data to Improve Energy and Water Efficiency

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge of new technology and tools targeting increased efficiency of O&M.
DoE Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Guide

Chapter 10 - O&M Frontiers - New technology to aid in building management



Facilities Management Technology

Demonstrate knowledge of best practices related to facility management technology.
Technology Performance Exchange

National Renewable Energy Lab new tech performance data


GSA's Proving Ground

The General Services Administration's evaluation program for next generation building technologies


DOE High Impact Technology Catalyst

DOE's HIT Catalyst program supports research and development into building systems optimization and technology solutions


DOD SERDP/ESTCP

The Department of Defense's environmental research programs



Demonstrate ability to identify evaluation criteria, evaluate, and recommend facility management technologies solutions.
Selecting and Evaluating New and Underused Energy Technologies

FEMP seminar supporting timely FBPTA competency area topics


DoE Metering Guidance

Meter systems, approaches, process, best practices, and more


Building Metered Data Analysis

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas


Using Metered Data to Improve Energy and Water Efficiency

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate ability to assess how changes to facility management technologies will impact current infrastructure, processes, and building systems.
Plug-in Electric Vehicle Handbook

Electric vehicle installation guide from DoE



Demonstrate ability to plan for and oversee the acquisition, installation, operation, maintenance, upgrade, and disposition of components supporting facility management technologies.
Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS)

intro, description, and how-to for using a CMMS



Demonstrate ability to monitor performance of facility management technologies and make appropriate recommendations when modifications are needed.
Building Energy Asset Score

DoE introduction and BEAS tool link



Demonstrate knowledge of a Building Automation System (BAS).
Building Automation Systems

GSA guidelines for Federal BAS implementation


Building Automations Systems for Existing Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate ability to conduct trouble-shooting procedures at the equipment, system and building levels using facility management technologies, where appropriate.
DoE Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Guide

Chapter 9 - O&M Ideas for Major Equipment Types


Commissioning for Existing Federal Buildings

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas


Building Automations Systems for Existing Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate ability to conduct trouble-shooting of critical systems
Fire Protection Guide

WBDG overview, design, and recommendations on fire protection


Building Automations Systems for Existing Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge of Computer Assisted Facilities Management (CAFM) and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).
Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS)

intro, description, and how-to for using a CMMS



Demonstrate ability to operate Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).
Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) Application

Applying your CMMS and lessons learned



Energy Management

Demonstrate knowledge of distributed generation options and regulatory requirements.
Combined Heat and Power Partnership Description and Applications

EPA Guidance on combined heat and power



Demonstrate knowledge of Renewable Energy Systems – Solar (Thermal and Photovoltaic), Wind, Biomass, Hydropower.
Bioenergy Technology Basics

Biofuels, Bio-based products, and resources from DoE


Selecting, Implementing, and Funding Photovoltaic Systems in Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas


Distributed-Scale Renewable Energy Projects: From Planning to Project Closeout

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge of demand response strategies.
Thermal Storage Systems Overview

NREL slideshow on requirements, cost, and types of thermal storage



Demonstrate knowledge of Energy Management Systems (EnMS) and the ability to participate in energy teams to implement system.
DoE Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Guide

Chapter 3 - O&M Management


Plan - Do - Act - Check as part of an Energy Management System

Clean Energy Ministerial EnMS Guidance



Demonstrate knowledge of re-programming current systems and expanding network of sensors and control devices to optimize HVAC, lighting and other automated systems.
HVAC Impact on Natural Resources

SFTool guide to systems optimization, energy use, and more for HVAC



Demonstrate knowledge of how to incorporate occupancy sensors, task lighting, thermostatic set-points with weather forecasting and other demand linked strategies to optimize building performance.
System Impacts - Lighting

SFTool information on O&M impact of lighting



Demonstrate knowledge of how to perform an Energy Savings Assessment.
Planning an Energy Assessment for Federal Facilities

FEMP training course on energy assessments in Federal buildings



Demonstrate knowledge of laws, regulations and Executive Orders that pertain to energy management, status of compliance and existing energy management plans.
Relevant Mandates and Rating Systems - Energy Use

List and description on SFTool of sustainability and green building related regulations


Building Energy Use Laws and Regs

Filter Federal Laws and Requirements related to building use


New Developments in Federal Energy Efficiency Standards

FEMP seminar supporting timely FBPTA competency area topics



Demonstrate knowledge of applicable Codes and Standards.
International Standards Organization Energy Management Systems Guide

Introduction to EnMS methodology and requirements


New Developments in Federal Energy Efficiency Standards

FEMP seminar supporting timely FBPTA competency area topics


Relevant Mandates and Rating Systems - Energy Use

List and description on SFTool of sustainability and green building related regulations



Demonstrate knowledge of all types of Commissioning, the differences between them, and commissioning requirements in laws and executive orders.
Type of Commissioning

DoE info on 4 main types of commissioning


Commissioning for Existing Federal Buildings

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate the ability to oversee and manage a building commissioning process.
DoE Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Guide

Chapter 7 - Commissioning Existing Buildings


Commissioning for Existing Federal Buildings

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge of alternative financing options for energy projects.
Energy Saving Performance Contracts for Federal Agencies

Options, Starting a Project, Companies, and Examples



Demonstrate knowledge of utility service providers for facility (ies).
Utility Demand Charges

SFTool details financial impacts of utility demand charges



Demonstrate knowledge of utility meters – location, reading and data management.
DoE Metering Guidance

Meter systems, approaches, process, best practices, and more



Demonstrate knowledge of utility billing, rate structures, and special rate programs and incentives.
Understanding Demand Charges

Engineering Tech Tips article on demand charges and your electrical bill



Demonstrate knowledge and ability to develop an Energy master plan.
Master Planning in a Changing Energy Environment

slideshow highlighting aspects of an EMP and steps to implementation



Demonstrate knowledge and ability to develop a metering Program.
DoE Metering Guidance

Meter systems, approaches, process, best practices, and more


Building Metered Data Analysis

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge and ability to identify and develop low-cost and no-cost energy efficiency opportunities.
System Specific Maintenance

SFTool guide and link to FEMP O&M Best Practices


Advanced HVAC in High-Tech Buildings - Laboratories

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas


System Adjustment Opportunities

SFTool list of frequently cited system adjustments


Planning an Energy Assessment for Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge and ability to provide operational support to energy management control systems.
EMCS Desired Capabilities and Functionality

PNNL Guide on EMCS for Building Managers



Demonstrate knowledge and ability to develop/assist in project identification and justification.
Water Audits and Loss Control for Public Systems

EPA audit introduction and walkthrough


Water Efficiency Best Management Practices

FEMP and DoE define 14 BMPs for Water Efficiency Strategies



Demonstrate knowledge and ability to monitor facility energy projects.
Photovoltaic Systems Best Practices

FEMP Seminar on photovoltaic systems O&M


Implementing Deep Retrofits: A Whole Building Approach

FEMP seminar supporting timely FBPTA competency area topics



Demonstrate knowledge and ability to provide peak load management.
Utility Demand Charges

SFTool details financial impacts of utility demand charges



Demonstrate the ability to calculate and respond appropriately to established energy metrics such as Power Utilization Efficiency (PUE).
Energy Efficient Data Centers

DoE Efficient Data Center example and PUE information


Advanced HVAC in High-Tech Buildings - Data Centers

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Water Efficiency

Demonstrate knowledge of water efficiency principles that are applicable in both the public and private arena.
Water System Impacts

SFTool building water use details


Managing Water Assessment in Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas


Best Practices for Comprehensive Water Management for Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge of Federal water policy and goals found in Laws and Executive Orders.
Relevant Mandates and Rating Systems - Water Use

List and description on SFTool of water related regulations


Managing Water Assessment in Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas


Executive Order 13834 (2018)

Efficient Federal Operations



Demonstrate knowledge of the water efficiency goals for the Federal Government.
Relevant Mandates and Rating Systems - Water Use

List and description on SFTool of water related regulations


Best Practices for Comprehensive Water Management for Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge of how the following affect water use and efficiency and ability to make recommendations based on lifecycle analysis and best practices to facilities team.
Building Water Systems Overview

SFTool interactive water resource components page


Managing Water Assessment in Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas


Best Practices for Comprehensive Water Management for Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge and ability to conduct both a Top-down and Bottom-up water audit.
Water Audits and Loss Control for Public Systems

EPA audit introduction and walkthrough


Managing Water Assessment in Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Sustainability

Demonstrate knowledge of Sustainability, as defined by High Performance Buildings in EISA 07.
EISA Mission Statement

SFTool highlighted excerpts related to Federal buildings and EISA


Sustainable Strategies for Existing Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge of the Guiding Principles for Federal High Performance and Sustainable Buildings, AND Federal Mandates.
Guiding Principles Memorandum

Memo detailing Federal goals in building sustainability


Guiding Principles and Supporting Links

SFTool Description and links to additional info on Guiding Principles


Sustainable Strategies for Existing Federal Facilities

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge of agency sustainability goals, metrics, and initiatives, such as those found in the Dept/Agency Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP).
GSA Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans

GSA document to set goals and identify sustainability issues relevant to agency


Multiple Agency SSPPs

Look at SSPPs submitted by all scorecard agencies



Demonstrate knowledge of agency resiliency and adaption goals, metrics, and initiatives, such as those found in the Dept/Agency Resiliency and Adaptation Plan.
Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience


National Preparedness

Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on National Preparedness


Federal Continuity Directive 2

Provides direction and guidance to assist in validation of Mission Essential Functions (MEFs) and Primary Mission Essential Functions (PMEFs).


Federal Adaptation Resources

A collection of resources by and for Federal agencies to support the planning and implementation of adaptation measures



Demonstrate knowledge and ability to develop and/or coordinate sustainability-related programs at the building-level.
Integrative Design Process

SFTool details process and stakeholders in IDP


Sustainable Institututional Change for Federal Facility Managers

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Performance Measures

Demonstrate knowledge of key building performance measures, where and how to read them, and reporting requirements.
Federal Agency Facility Reporting Requirements and Performance Data

FEMP link to reporting and benchmarking requirements


What is Energy Use Intensity?

Energy Star EUI definition and explanation



Demonstrate knowledge of Performance Measurement concepts (ex. SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Time-bound).
Writing SMART Goals

University of Virginia guide explains development and gives examples of SMART goals



Demonstrate knowledge of cascading Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that can be used to measure how well mission, management, program and individual goals are being met.
Key Performance Indicators in Federal Facilities

Federal Facilities Council report on KPI's



Demonstrate ability to establish baselines from which progress toward attainment of goals can be measured.
Optimizing Operations and Maintenance

WBDG course on sustainable O&M strategies


Steps to Develop a Baseline

DoE guide to developing energy use baselines



Demonstrate ability to establish feedback systems to support continuous improvement of an organization’s processes, practices, and results (outcomes).
Functional and Operational Success

WBDG relates funcional and operational needs to building success



Leadership and Project Management

Demonstrate knowledge and ability to conduct a needs assessment based on customer requests and develop appropriate project requirements.
Engage the Integrated Design Process

Incorporating all players into the building evaluation and design process (WBDG)


Functional and Operational Success

WBDG relates funcional and operational needs to building success



Demonstrate knowledge of green building certification systems used by the Federal government and industry.
Green Building Certification System Review

GSA table of reports on Green Certification, with LEED related links



Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the design basis of all applicable Architectural and Engineering Systems.
Virtual Building Spaces Tour

SFTool interactive tour through sustainability in the building system



If Project will be completed by contractors, demonstrate the ability to provide technical support to the organization's procurement process.
Project Delivery Teams

WBDG details delivery from team creation to commissioning



Demonstrate knowledge that the TCO is best determined through Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) for Facilities.
Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA)

Assess the total cost of facility ownership (WBDG)


Fundamentals of Life Cycle Costing for Energy Conservation

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge of how to find/calculate the basic costs required for an LCCA.
Life Cycle Approach

Life Cycle Approach, Assessment, and Costing information from SFTool


Fundamentals of Life Cycle Costing for Energy Conservation

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge of additional methods for calculating TCO and other economic analysis.
Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA)

Assess the total cost of facility ownership (WBDG)


Fundamentals of Life Cycle Costing for Energy Conservation

FEMP E-learning course supporting FBPTA competency areas



Demonstrate knowledge and ability to use a LCA to estimate the environmental impacts of a material, product or service through its entire life cycle.
Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA)

Assess the total cost of facility ownership (WBDG)


Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

EPA site explains the why and how behind LCA


Life Cycle Assessment Overview

Overview of LCA on SFTool



Demonstrate ability to create an effective Statement Of Work (SOW) for COR or Contracting Officer to ensure proper procurement of a product or service.
Contracting Officer's Representative

Certification, training, and competencies for a COR


Project Planning, Delivery, and Controls

Effective project management includes strategies, tactics, and tools for managing the design and construction delivery processes and for controlling key factors to ensure the client receives a facility that matches their expectations and functions as it is intended to function.


Basics of Federal Contracting

University of Pittsburgh Federal Contracting background information



Demonstrate ability to quantify potential for cost savings and cost avoidance.
Efficient Product Cost-Saving Calculators

DoE links to estimate cost saving of anything from HVAC to toilets


Building Cost-Effectiveness

WBDG life-cycle approach to determining building cost-effectiveness



Demonstrate ability to supervise personnel as required.
Fundamental Supervisory Development

OPM Leadership Development Course Guide



Demonstrate ability to translate innovative ideas into actionable tasks.
Engage the Integrated Design Process

Incorporating all players into the building evaluation and design process (WBDG)



Demonstrate ability to provide decision makers with better information about the total long-term costs and consequences of a particular course of action.
Building Cost-Effectiveness

WBDG life-cycle approach to determining building cost-effectiveness



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