The Energy Office will collaborate with other stakeholders
to coordinate a work-force development training component of the project that
will provide a Building Operator Certification (BOC) program for facility managers
to inventory state buildings. The BOC program is run though the Midwest Energy
Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) and is a competency-based training and certification
program, focused on providing energy-saving operational strategies for maintenance
and operations staff and technicians. In addition, training will be provided to
UNL student-interns and high school students and teachers to benchmark buildings
using Portfolio Manager.
What's Nibb’s Purpose?
This project is unique in the fact that not only will we be able to
benchmark state buildings to find areas in energy use that can be reduced,
but building operators will be given the tools and training necessary to
reduce those energy costs, said Nebraska Energy Office Director David Bracht.
We’ll also be educating the next generation about the importance of benchmarking
in the use of reducing energy waste.
This first step of establishing an energy efficiency baseline will lead
to a state-wide policy of annual benchmarking for all state buildings
and voluntary participation by local governments receiving state aid.
Who's Joined NIBB?
Other stakeholders and participants in the NIBB include the League of Nebraska
Municipalities, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Nebraska Association of
County Officials, Community Energy Alliance, Nebraskans for Solar, Nebraska
Department of Education, Nebraska Green Schools Program, Nebraska Department
of Administrative Services and the Nebraska Public Power District.
This initiative reflects Governor Pete Ricketts work to reduce state
government spending by identifying areas where energy efficiency measures
can help reduce energy costs. It also will further the Energy Office’s mission
to “promote the efficient, economic and environmentally responsible use of energy.”