Concept for Building Training and Assessment Center (BTAC) Program at DOE
Prepared by ACEEE
Recommendation: Authorize a new Building Training and Assessment Center (BTAC) program, based loosely on DOE’s
very successful Industrial Assessment Center program, to help train new building engineers and technicians who can
provide energy-saving assistance to owners and operators of commercial and institutional buildings with energy-saving
Today’s commercial and institutional buildings have increasingly sophisticated controls and need a well-trained workforce
to help design and operate them with optimal energy efficiency. This required workforce is comprised of a number of
disciplines: the architects and engineers who create the buildings and equipment; the builders and installers of equipment;
and the technicians that service and maintain the buildings and equipment over time. An aging current workforce
presaging large-scale retirement of technicians, combined with the rapidly growing need for professionals well-trained in
building energy efficiency, has created the need for a comprehensive approach to improving the education and training of
professionals in each of these fields:
: Universities need to provide an avenue for training architects, building and equipment engineers, and building
scientists in the skills to design and execute efficient buildings and equipment.
: Community colleges, trade schools, and apprenticeship programs must train technicians conversant with modern
building energy systems and equipment.
In addition, as a second step, it is important to provide training for building operators, including continuing
education for those who currently hold these jobs.
The Building Training and Assessment Center (BTAC) program will utilize three groups of higher education institutions to
develop the energy efficiency workforce:
1. University-level BTACs will educate building engineers and building scientists, creating opportunities